January meetup - SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to photograph setup of fair!!

The PBC Photo Walkers has hosted a meetup at the South Florida Fair the last 2 years and it's been a great event. This year, another local photo meetup group "Photography: The Art of Seeing" has planned a fair meetup on Saturday January 26th (if you're not a member I highly recommend joining) so I wanted to do something different for January this year.

I was kind of sad since a January fair meetup has been such a great tradition these past two years. I have been a little desperate to come up with a January meetup since the holidays and an out-of-town trip last weekend kept me busy.

I was trying to think creatively and came up with this... I have a contact at the fair and asked if we would be allowed to visit BEFORE the fair started, during the setup process. It seems that the photo ops would be very different than a regular fair visit. I'm hoping we can at least get some interesting shots, and if nothing else, we can experience the fair in a different way and can still go with the other meetup group during the real fair.

As you probably know, the fair starts a week from Thursday so the ONLY available time for this meetup is this weekend. She thinks that this Saturday at 10 would be the best time. Although I'm really sorry for the last minute meetup, I am very interested to see if this will prove to be the good experience I'm visualizing.

The cost is ZERO and I was told we should park in the main parking lot and meet at Gate 2. HERE is a link to the map of the fair. Gate 2 is by the big expo center and according to this map, I would say the "main" parking area would be near parking lots 1-3. UPDATE - I was told that we can arrive anytime between 10 and 2. If you get there after the group goes in, someone should be at the gate to let you in. Please call me at[masked] if you get there late & want to find me.

LUNCH - I was thinking we could meet afterward for lunch at TGI Fridays, 580 North state Road 7, which is near the fairgrounds (it's between Southern & Belvedere on 441/SR7 on the East side of the road).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Tammy, thank you for organizing this event!
    What an awesome opportunity to see/photograph behind the scenes. I have enjoyed viewing the posted photos..interesting perspectives, indeed.
    I look forward to future meetups.

    January 13, 2013

  • Herb F.

    Tammy...thanks for your efforts in openning up the fair grounds to us and for providing a wonderful day for taking photos....this work in progress could be followed up, individually, when the Fair Grounds are a done deal.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great opportunity to get shots that would have been virtually impossible when the fair was open! Thank you for setting this up, and I look forward to future meet ups!

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Barely made it out of Yesteryear Village. Thanks, Tammy!

    January 12, 2013

  • shari W.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the ability to see the behind the scenes aspect of setting up the fair. Wonderful organizing, Tammy!

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great event for something that happens once a year.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    wonderful opportunity to watch a fair being put together. In the old days, they'd be called "roustabouts", now they're either construction workers or"techies".

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun morning. Unusual way to "see" the Fair. So much to see and so interesting. Thanks, Tammy. This was very special!!!!!

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great opportunity. Thanks Tammy for organizing.

    January 12, 2013

  • Kit S.

    How great that this was arranged for us! Many different photo ops.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great chance to see a new side of the Fair.

    January 12, 2013

  • Irv Halper & Marcia F.

    Thanks Tammy - It's a special treat to be able to shoot without the crowds.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm planning on being there but can't stay for lunch.

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well Molly look for each other!, then I won't feel so awkward. Two neebies

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meetup as well! What a great opportunity!! Thank you for organizing it!

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok thanks! I just got a Nikon d7000. Upgrade from d50. But I do have several different lens'. I thought wide angle. I've been taking pics for fun and everyone says I have "an eye". But want to learn more. Also started macro. Wonder if there are any macro opps at the fair? I think it will be fun to take pics in a group. And share
    Thanks. Look forward to meeting everyone

    January 10, 2013

  • Tammy C.

    I need to confirm with the fair that it's ok for people to show up late. Once I do, I'll add my cell number to the meetup details.

    January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is everyone meeting? This will be my first timer! I would like to know who to look for and not feel awkward. Is there a particular lens that would be bet? Wide angle maybe? Or?.. I'm open to suggestions please

    January 10, 2013

    • Tammy C.

      The meetup details list the parking lot & gate we'll meet at. Look around for me (Tammy)... longish dark hair. I'll watch out for you.

      January 10, 2013

    • Tammy C.

      Oh, also, I'm going to bring my everyday lens and also my wide angle. That is always a great lens for the fair.

      January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ditto - need your cell in case we get lost.

    January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tammy Same problem as Joan Z. Need your cell phone # [masked]. Regards Dave

    January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome idea! I'd like to see the Reagan Air Force One and the oval office exhibit set up. Keep us posted about the location where we would meet. Thanks!

    January 9, 2013

  • Irv Halper & Marcia F.

    It's a grat idea. we'll be there with a friend, Buddy Rubin and look forward to some interesting photo ops.

    January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    An interesting idea for a shoot!

    January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would be cool and I'd love to go, but will be tied up until at least noon. If I get untied, can I meet up with you later?

    January 8, 2013

    • Tammy C.

      Should be ok but Im not sure where we'll be. I can give out my cell.

      January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds very neat!

    January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I RSVP'd for Cyndie Merzer also. Looking forward to an interesting day!

    January 8, 2013

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