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Old Feb 18, 2005, 09:06 PM   #1
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Has anyone attended the Beatlefest? Are they worth going? Or do you know of any conventions, especially the L.A. Area?
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Old Feb 19, 2005, 04:38 AM   #2
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Well, I've attended every Chicago Beatlefest since 1977. so I think they're worth it! It's wonderful to be with people who have the same interests that you do. There's lots to do and see, esp. if you haven't been to too many conventions.
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Old Feb 19, 2005, 05:36 AM   #3
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Well, I've attended every Chicago Beatlefest since 1977.
Woah, that's some stamina dude! Well done!
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 06:49 PM   #4
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I go to the Beatlefest held in Secaucus, NJ (which luckily is my hometown) and it rocks - best weekend of the year! This will be my third fest and this year Billy Preston will be there. There is so much to see and do - the marketplace is emmense with everything a beatlenut could want. The programming is excellent with really good presentations, games, exhibitions, and the nightly dance parties with the Liverpool cover band is sooo much fun. I invite everyone to go - its the best way to bond with fellow beatle luvers!
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Old Feb 22, 2005, 05:52 AM   #5
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I've been going to the Chicago fest nearly every year (i missed 95 unfortunately) since I was like 2 or 3 (so around 88 i think) and I adore it! I think it's totally worth it! I love seeing Liverpool and seeing the Sound-alikes and I especially love the Battle of the Bands :) I'm hoping Neil Innes makes it to Chicago this year, I've been waiting to meet him for 4 years now... I'm still not totally used to all the changes that have been made there (I think 96-00 were the best years), but I still love going. There used to be a Beatlefest in LA, but Mark Lapidos stopped doing them there...
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My family and i were planning on going last year to the NJ one, but unfortunately we couldn't make it. This year we hope to have enough money to go....So It will be a first for me aswell...
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Old Feb 27, 2005, 06:11 PM   #7
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I went to the NJ one back in 2003 , it was wonderful ! Highly recommended :)

The people are very nice, lots of great collectables everywhere & music fills the air ...
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Smile I would recomend going

I attended the first BeatleFest in New Jersey, I had a ball, got some nice things.. I would think they have definitely improved since then... It is fun to get together with people who love the Beatles, all in one place...
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Not completely sure yet, but there's a chance my mom and I will go to Chicago during the summer for the Fest... we were talking about it last year but nothing happened. There's a chance we might have to go to a family reunion instead that's happening around the same time, but otherwise she said she'd like to take me. I've really been wanting to do some more travelling, this will be the perfect trip, too!
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Hope you get to make it to Chicago, Lizzy! Would love to meet you!
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I second that, Lizzy, it would be great to meet you in Chicago!

I've been going to Beatlefest since 1977 -- mostly in New York, I started going to the Chicago Fest in 2000 and wondered what too me so long! The Chicago Fest is the best one, so much better than New York! (I think that might have to do with the hotel in New Jersey, it SUCKS....)

I've been a guest at the Fests since 2001, moderating discussion panels about fan fiction and helping out at the poetry sessions as well. It's a lot of fun. :)
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I third it! The Chicago fests are the best!

Susan is right about the fleabag...er, I mean hotel in Secaucus. Surly staff...ain't great.

Chicago ROCKS! And the hotel is really pleasant and comfortable and you can walk to the blue line train.
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Oh yeah the blue line train! With free transfer to the Red Line (at jackson i think) which takes you right downtown to the Magnificent Mile and John Hancock and all that...
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