Guess what time of year it is again….Breyerfest Time!!! I am so excited to be going back for the millionth time. I cannot wait to get some new horses to add to my already growing herd of about 230 (I know it’s a TON). My main focus of this post is to give you some insight on what Breyerfest actually is.
Have you ever wondered if there was a place that you could just go, relax, have fun and buy more model horses than you could ever imagine? If you are this type of person and you want to experience something new, come to Breyerfest. This particular event is the largest model horse extravaganza and has a lot to offer. The best thing is it lasts 3 days!!
Here are the things that make Breyerfest exciting:
– Model Horse Shows: Go and show with the best of them and learn if you have what it takes to be a competitor. Champions and reserve champions even get a special prize!!
-Diorama Contests: Make up a scene using your models to go with the theme of Breyerfest and win some prizes (ex. Gateway to India-this year’s theme).
-Costume Contests: Win yourself a new model horse by having the best costume that matches the theme.
-Seminars: Go to some seminars and learn all about the model horse hobby and what you can do with it other than collecting.
-Raffles: Daily raffles can be entered to win some very special horses made exclusively for Breyerfest
-Unlimited Shopping: Shop until you drop. A variety of booths sell anything from older to newer models that are must haves.
-Special Guest Horses: Every year there are a number of guest horses that make an appearance. Sometimes there will be guest horses that the models are made after and you can get signatures.
-Special Run Line/Breyer Store: Get exclusive tickets and get your place in line to buy some rare models only made for Breyerfest. Also, take advantage of the Breyer store to get new releases.
-Clarion Hotel Sales: After Breyerfest ends for the day be sure to swing by the Clarion hotel for even more shopping!!! You can shop at the swap meet or shop in and out of people’s rooms that have models for sale!
Now that you know all the fun stuff there is to do at Breyerfest how do you prepare?
This is a question that a lot of enthusiasts have especially when they have never been before. The first thing you need to do is go to the Breyer Horses website and purchase your tickets. You can either get tickets for either a single day or all three days. Then use their planning guides to find the hotel, food and travel plans.
After that is all done you have to consider your budget because going down there spending, especially for me, can get way out of hand. One thing I have learned is to leave the credit cards at home otherwise I spend a lot more than I initially planned on. Lastly, you want to consider the weather and what it might be like so pack accordingly.
One other thing I would like to mention for preparation is if you are planning on going to the model horse show. You need to go over your herd and decide what horses are your best competitors. This can be a monthly process. You have to make sure you read over the detailed packets, pick your models accordingly and get your stuff turned in on time. The yahoo group you join will have all the information you need to know.
Everything mentioned above is what you will find if you decide to go to Breyerfest plus much, much more. I hope that if it is for you this post helps put things into perspective especially if you have never been before. You can find a lot more information online if you have further questions or don’t hesitate to ask. I hope this can be your year to be Breyrfest Bound!