When KLUG isn't taking part in standalone Lego shows, you can usually find us at any number of other venues. Case in pint was the Delavan Train Show. This was a city wide, two day train lovers extravaganza. Model train displays filled the local VFW hall. There were even displays at downtown buisnesses and a train to shuttle guests back and forth! KLUG set up shop in the lower level of the VFW Hall. We were a last minute addition to the show but managed to bring three members and fill over 100 square feet of display space!
KLUG made another appearience at the "All Star Lego Show", Feb 15th and 16th, at the Abby Resort in Fontana, WI. This is the second year for the show and it looks like it may become an annual event. 2015's show is already in the works. Attendence was steady both days and we surpassed last year's attendance of 2000 people!
The show was a collaboration beween two LUgs: Northern Illinois Lego Train Club (NILTC) and KLUG. Each lug brought in uniquie and creative builds. The largest by far was the mid-evil display by Dale from NILTC. The sheer size and density of the display was matched only by the creative story lines offered on the sides of the tables. The pictures here don't do the display justice. This one needs to be seen in person. Event orginizer Brian of NILTC had his Area 51 on display. It is a great build. The buildings had a wonderful weathered, military look. There were many TV and movie cars scattered about. The best of which, in my opinion, was the RV from the movie Stripes.
KLUG's contribuiton to the show was a mixture of old and new. Our "Trolley Town" Kenosha replica made its usual appearence. This year's version was put together by only one member, John, and included many Kenosha landmarks. His contribution to this display has grown immenesly, and the trolley logged a whopping 7 miles over the two day show!! John also brought his Saturn V rocket If you made it to last year's show you'll remember it towering over all the other displays. This year it sets atop an 8 foot tall crawler and lauch tower. If that wasn't enough, just ask John if it moves. He'll be glad to show you how the 50 pound rocket glides accross the floor without even a wiggle. Stephan brought his trains to run the main table loop and had a floating rock temple overlooking his city scape. There was a combination of custom built models along with some official classic sets. These are always a pleasure to watch. They bring a good many smiles from the crowd. New to the show this year was a huge Harry Potter display put togher by Eric. It was first shown in West Bend, WI last November and continues to inspire awe from the crowds. The display consisted moslyt of the official sets offered by Lego, and there were a quite a few, along with a custom Quitage Pitch and Hogwart''s Express. More sets have been aquired, so look for this display to do nothing but grow. The last side of the main table was cosumed by a motorized Amusement Park and Christmas village. I felt honored to have front row display space and hoped the Zipper, Bumper Cars, and other moving rides would draw the crowds in.
There was a lot more to do then just ogle all the great Lego creations. The Abby had a host of Lego themed events during the weekend. There were Lego scavenger huns and a "Seek-n-find" for the displays. Both could earn eager young guests fabulous prizes. Karl from NILTC was on hand for the building seminars. These seminars taught young builders building styles, scales, and techniques. After a guided tour of the displays, pointing out some of the sessons disscussed earlier, kids and adults alike were invited to build their own creations. Also new this year was a rock crawler track put together by Eric of KLUG. Here kids could run one of two remote controlled Lego rock crawling trucks over a series of obstacles. It would test both the driver's skill and the integrity and strength of the Lego bricks and beams used to make the sturdy trucks. Kids as young as three were making passes down teh course at a steady pace foe the entire two days. Even an accidental drive off a 5 foot high mantle couldn't slow down the action. (Sorry about that Eric.)
In all, lots of fun was had by the displayers and the public. We look forward to 2015 and another great Lego All Star show.
In June of 2012, KLUG club president Chris Eyerly built a scale model of the SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, WI. Recently, it was put on display at the SC Johnson headquarters in Racine! Please stop by to see it the next time you're in town. Details on scheduling a tour of SC Johnson can be found here.