IDEA Curriculum Fair 2018: Invitation Letter to Potential Exhibitors

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January 4, 2018

Dear IDEA Curriculum Supplier:

You are invited to participate in the 20th annual IDEA Curriculum Fair in April-May 2018! IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska) is the premier statewide homeschool support program in the state of Alaska, with over 4000 enrolled students, making it Alaska's largest school (of any kind)! We are pleased to continue the tradition of supporting homeschooling parents by hosting your participation in our Curriculum Fair. We hold this Fair in four population centers throughout the state in order to reach the highest number of parent educators possible, including not only homeschoolers in our program, but also those who are in other programs or are independently homeschooling.

Our web site (http://www.ideafamilies.org) contains all the tools you need to plan your involvement - look for the "Curriculum Fair" link on our home page. You will find floor plans, blank workshop schedules, instructions to complete registration forms, event schedules for each day of the Fair, information about hand-out sacks, discounted hotel rooms, travel tips, and more.

Early Bird Discount: All exhibitors mailing in their registrations before January 31, 2018, can enjoy the substantial savings of an Early Bird Discount of $50/table! (No discount on unmanned tables.) Plan ahead and send in your registration early for your choice of tables, workshop slots, and table discounts! Premium tables and workshop time is typically sold out in most locations within a month of the emailing of this invitation to IDEA vendors.

Pay by credit card! Our two-page Fair Registration Form has an additional third page for those who wish to pay by credit card.

4-location discount: All exhibitors who travel to all four locations get a discount equal to the price of one regular-priced table: $350!

Special Bonus! Each vendor who physically attends all four locations will be entered in a drawing to be held at the end of the Fair, in Juneau. The prize will be one free table in all four locations for the following year! This is huge! If your company name is drawn, you will be awarded FOUR free tables in 2019: one in each location.

Lunch will be provided for FREE to exhibitors at all locations!

Schedule change: There is a free day in between Soldotna and Anchorage, due to availability of facilities. Fairbanks will be only one day this year, so Juneau will be Wednesday instead of Thursday. Hopefully this will allow more of you to share your products and generate word-of-mouth advertising in this area of our state, while allowing more time for you to get to wherever you need to be for the following weekend.

Dates and Locations:
Soldotna (Soldotna Regional Sports Center) ~ Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Anchorage (Egan Center) ~ Thursday-Friday, April 26-27, 2018
Fairbanks (Westmark Hotel & Convention Center) ~ Monday, April 30, 2018
Juneau (Juneau Christian Center) ~ Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Please reply or email Carol Simpson to notify us whether you plan to participate, referencing "IDEA Fair" in the subject of your e-mail. Attached is our registration form for you to complete. It is in Word, but there is also a pdf version that you can download from our website. Please remember to complete the second page of the registration, "Exhibitor General Information," which will help us to feature you properly in our Fair booklets and on our website. A third page is provided for those who choose to pay by credit card. A "Workshop Information Form" is available at our website for those who are offering workshops. Detailed information on all items on our forms is available at our website, so please refer there for help in completing the registration and workshop forms. Please also check our website for details as to what is permissible for display.

Sending forms and payment:
* If you are paying by credit card, complete all three pages of form and email to Carol Simpson, or mail to the address on the registration form.
* If you are paying by check, mail to IDEA at the address on the registration form. (New address this year!)
* Receipt will be confirmed via e-mail.

Thank you for the excellent service that you currently provide to IDEA families. We look forward to working with you in the coming years!

Sincerely,

Carol Simpson
IDEA Field Rep / Administrative Assistant
Statewide Curriculum Fair Coordinator
Phone: 907-235-5910
Email Carol