BrickFest

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BrickFest
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Status Inactive
Genre LEGO
Venue Various
Location(s) Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C. Area
Country  United States
Inaugurated 2000
Most recent 2009
Attendance 4,000 in 2009
Organized by Christina Hitchcock - Steve Barlie[1]
Website
www.brickfest.com

BrickFest was the first convention for adult fans of Lego (AFOLs) in the United States. The focus was to have fans bring their creations, often referred to as MOCs (My Own Creations), to display and share with fellow enthusiasts.

Like other conventions, it offered workshops, presentations, special events and challenges.

BrickFest was typically held on a weekend in mid-August in the Washington, D.C area annually from 2000 through 2006. The 2007 and 2009 BrickFests were held in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center. BrickFest 2011 and BrickFest as a whole was cancelled by the organizers, with staffing issues cited.[2]

Private Convention[edit]

The main focus of the Private Convention was to provide a venue for adult fans of LEGO to bring and display their own LEGO creations. Activities at the convention included presentations, seminars, round-table discussions and contests. The full attendee received a Convention Packet containing a personalized brick name badge and a program of activities.

Public exhibition[edit]

The Public Exhibition had a focus of inviting LEGO fans of all ages of the general public to view hundreds of hobbyist-built creations and meet their creators.

Locations and Dates[edit]

Dates Location Organizer Registrants Attendance Notes
June 9-11, 2000[3] George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia Christina Hitchcock ~60 First BrickFest event
July 13-15, 2001[4] George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia Christina Hitchcock ~150
July 19-21, 2002[5] George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia Christina Hitchcock ~180
August 8-10, 2003[6] George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia Christina Hitchcock ~220 ~1,000
February 12-14, 2004 Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon Steve Barile ~200 ~1,200 Named BrickFestPDX, first BrickFest to be held outside Virginia
August 13-15, 2004[7] George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia Christina Hitchcock ~250 ~2,000
August 12-14, 2005[8] George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia Christina Hitchcock ~350[9] ~3,000 Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (owner of the LEGO Group and grandson of the founder) attended, Jake McKee and Mark Hansen announced the release of LEGO Digital Designer
August 25-27, 2006[10] Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner, Vienna, Virginia Joe Meno ~420 ~3,500 First BrickFest since the launching of Lego Mindstorms NXT, and many of the MUP and MDP members were there to talk about it. Allan Bedford, author of The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide, was also there, signing copies of his book.
March 30-April 1, 2007[11] Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon[11] Steve Barile 213 ~2,800 This was originally slated as BrickFest PDX 2007, but relabeled as simply BrickFest 2007 when the August convention was cancelled.
March 28-30, 2009 Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon Steve Barile ~4,000 Approximately 240 people pre registered to attend.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BrickFest 2009 Staff Bios". BrickFest.com. East Peak LLC. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ BrickFest at the Wayback Machine (archived February 8, 2011)
  3. ^ BrickFest 2000 at the Wayback Machine (archived February 6, 2001)
  4. ^ BrickFest 2001 at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2001)
  5. ^ BrickFest 2002 at the Wayback Machine (archived March 27, 2002)
  6. ^ BrickFest 2003 at the Wayback Machine (archived June 4, 2003)
  7. ^ BrickFest 2004 at the Wayback Machine (archived June 22, 2004)
  8. ^ BrickFest 2005 at the Wayback Machine (archived August 31, 2005)
  9. ^ BrickFest 2006 at the Wayback Machine (archived February 12, 2006)
  10. ^ BrickFest 2006a at the Wayback Machine (archived September 26, 2006)
  11. ^ a b BrickFest 2007 at the Wayback Machine (archived November 14, 2006)

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