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#5946131 - 07/08/17 07:47 PM NTA convention in Pecatonica
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Hey brother and sisters I live very very close to this years NTA convention Id love to meet as many of you as I can this year. If you need to know anything about the area as far as food, hotels, camping whatever at all feel free to ask and ill help you the best I can. Im 20 min from the convention
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#5946166 - 07/08/17 08:43 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Tweed Offline
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Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 659
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cheapest camping?

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#5946275 - 07/08/17 10:28 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
You can camp at the Pecatonica forest preserve. I believe its about $10-$15 a night dont quote me 100% on price but its cheap.....downside is there is only 15-20 camping sites available.
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#5946279 - 07/08/17 10:29 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
I know a farmer that may be willing to let people camp on his land if there are enough people wanting to in order to make it worth his time lol
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#5946301 - 07/08/17 10:47 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Swifty Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 475
Loc: Kansas
I looked up camping at the Pecatonica Forest Preserve, and it said $23 per unit for non-residents, but $13 for residents.

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#5946414 - 07/09/17 07:34 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
TKM Offline
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Registered: 10/05/14
Posts: 72
Loc: Michigan



We have plenty of camping sites on the grounds if you decide to stay there.

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#5946453 - 07/09/17 08:26 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Sawmill Creek Offline
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Registered: 06/27/16
Posts: 166
Loc: Little Valley, NY
Can't wait to come out there. I've never been to Illinois

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#5946455 - 07/09/17 08:27 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
I'm also from the area, actually grew up and live in Pec so the same offer seansr offered you goes with me too. I know there is camping right on the fairgrounds and also primitive camping on sumner park that is connected to the fairgrounds, I'm not sure on price at sumner park but could try and find out. If you are going to stay at a hotel don't stay at the ones closest too Pecatonica the nicer hotels are on the east side of Rockford also be careful in Rockford if you go there its not a nice place after dark or anytime of the day in some neighborhoods.

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#5946468 - 07/09/17 08:41 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
yoteguts Offline
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Registered: 07/29/08
Posts: 3745
Loc: central Illinois
How is Freeport? Got a hotel reserved there. Do I need to sleep with one eye open? I have no need to see anything in Rockford. Thanks for the info.
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#5946474 - 07/09/17 08:49 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
Freeport is ok, I think the hotels there are pretty nice the bad one closed down a while ago.

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#5946489 - 07/09/17 09:09 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
TKM Offline
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Posts: 72
Loc: Michigan



Trying to get this out to as many as possible so we don't have to turn people away...please pass the word. THANK YOU

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#5946506 - 07/09/17 09:39 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: farmboy4320]
Chuckles84 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 501
Loc: S. Illinois
Originally Posted By: farmboy4320
Freeport is ok, I think the hotels there are pretty nice the bad one closed down a while ago.
thats good to hear as I have a room booked in freeport too.

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#5946544 - 07/09/17 10:41 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: farmboy4320]
Swifty Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 475
Loc: Kansas
Originally Posted By: farmboy4320
I'm also from the area, actually grew up and live in Pec so the same offer seansr offered you goes with me too. I know there is camping right on the fairgrounds and also primitive camping on sumner park that is connected to the fairgrounds, I'm not sure on price at sumner park but could try and find out. If you are going to stay at a hotel don't stay at the ones closest too Pecatonica the nicer hotels are on the east side of Rockford also be careful in Rockford if you go there its not a nice place after dark or anytime of the day in some neighborhoods.


farmboy, if you could find out more info such as price, number of campsites available, maybe a website with map, etc., about primative camping at the Sumner Park, that would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully, there would be more shade trees for camping, than on most fairgrounds.

Thanks

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#5946706 - 07/09/17 03:06 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
I live in Freeport actually, its not bad at all. There are only 3-4 hotels id actually recommend tho lol.
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#5946715 - 07/09/17 03:23 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
I hope to meet all of you guys! Those of you staying in Freeport get ahold of me for sure lol
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#5946718 - 07/09/17 03:27 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
SWesternTrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/19/15
Posts: 157
Loc: New Mexico
We are staying at the Howard Johnson in Rockford, how's that area? Thanks Adrian

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#5946724 - 07/09/17 03:41 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
11th st area isn't the best but its not terrible. Johns pizza just a few miles north right on 11ths st is some real good pizza.

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#5946725 - 07/09/17 03:42 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
I am working on getting info about sumner park camping, it is right along the pec river so there are shade trees but also piles and piles of mosquito's.

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#5946745 - 07/09/17 04:11 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
SWesternTrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/19/15
Posts: 157
Loc: New Mexico
Thanks so farmboy! Is there any good area to fish in the evenings between the convention and Rockford? My youngest son just loves to fish.

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#5946878 - 07/09/17 07:24 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
The pecatonica river has a few spots to bank fish and there are a few public ponds but don't expect great fishing, carp and catfish is going to be about it look at winnebago county forest preserve website for some bank fishing spots.

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#5946884 - 07/09/17 07:29 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Four lakes is close by for fishing, ive never fished there personally but hear good things. Theres also Pierce lake in Rockford. I love that lake.....very good crappie fishing
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#5946913 - 07/09/17 08:07 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
SWesternTrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/19/15
Posts: 157
Loc: New Mexico
Cool thanks so much gentleman this helps a lot!

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#5947094 - 07/09/17 11:38 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Loc: Gitche Gumee Wisconsin

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#5947188 - 07/10/17 07:25 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Mike Volker is an awesome guy, he lives very close to me so I love getting things from his store. His coon and yote bait are amazing.
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#5947376 - 07/10/17 11:19 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
yoteguts Offline
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Registered: 07/29/08
Posts: 3745
Loc: central Illinois
Is there a good steak house in Freeport? Always had a good time dealing with Volkers.
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#5947414 - 07/10/17 11:52 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: yoteguts]
ratbrain Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 1654
Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: yoteguts
Is there a good steak house in Freeport? Always had a good time dealing with Volkers.

Yep Mike and Janine are good people.

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#5947423 - 07/10/17 11:58 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Sawmill Creek Offline
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Registered: 06/27/16
Posts: 166
Loc: Little Valley, NY
We're staying at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Freeport. Please tell me it's a decent hotel.

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#5947568 - 07/10/17 02:46 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
MChewk Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 4449
Loc: Northern Illinois
Yes, the Voelkers are good folks...and are honest as the day is long.

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#5947569 - 07/10/17 02:51 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: yoteguts]
Hal Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4921
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio
Originally Posted By: yoteguts
Is there a good steak house in Freeport? Always had a good time dealing with Volkers.


NO. This is really a godforsaken place to have a convention.
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#5947625 - 07/10/17 04:35 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Sawmill Creek]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Yes the Baymont is a good place to stay and its right outside of town. Unfortunately there is not a good steak house in Freeport. We have a pathetic applebees. Have a couple smaller ma n pa restaurants and pizza joints. Have to go to Rockford for a good steak tho
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#5947629 - 07/10/17 04:36 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Godforsaken place huh.....i grew up around here so not sure how to take that confused
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#5947631 - 07/10/17 04:38 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
There is a really good all you can eat fish fry on Friday nights here. Offer grilled or fried. Its really good fish too!
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#5947635 - 07/10/17 04:48 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Swifty Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 475
Loc: Kansas
Where is the fish fry at?

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#5947641 - 07/10/17 04:58 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
seansr what is that place across from the little cubs field on empire st I belive, I ate there one time and thought it was pretty good?

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#5947651 - 07/10/17 05:16 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Swifty]
Sawmill Creek Offline
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Registered: 06/27/16
Posts: 166
Loc: Little Valley, NY
Originally Posted By: Swifty
Where is the fish fry at?


X2. What kind of fish they cooking?

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#5947665 - 07/10/17 05:33 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: MChewk]
Horse Creek Fur Offline
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Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 304
Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: MChewk
Yes, the Voelkers are good folks...and are honest as the day is long.


X2. Mike and Janine are super nice and they love our black raspberry jelly (no seeds). So bring some and they'll cut you a deal.

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#5947740 - 07/10/17 07:09 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
There are 2 restaurants across from little cubs field. Fieldstone and Canovas. The fish fry is at Logans Bar and grill ...I believe the fish is cod. I live fried fish but I always get grilled there its just that good lol.
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#5947742 - 07/10/17 07:09 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
I guess fieldstone would have a really good steak but your def going to pay for it there lol
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#5947848 - 07/10/17 08:52 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Sawmill Creek]
Chuckles84 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 501
Loc: S. Illinois
Originally Posted By: Sawmill Creek
We're staying at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Freeport. Please tell me it's a decent hotel.


Staying at the same place. It had a good rating and reviews on Hotels.com.

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#5947852 - 07/10/17 08:55 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Chuckles84 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 501
Loc: S. Illinois
Originally Posted By: Seansr
Yes the Baymont is a good place to stay and its right outside of town.


Good to hear, I am staying there too. It had a good rating and reviews on Hotel.com, but input from a local is always accurate.

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#5947861 - 07/10/17 08:58 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Paul Dobbins Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 10309
Loc: Goldsboro, North Carolina
I'll be at the Baymont, but its the one in Rockford.
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#5948281 - 07/11/17 11:49 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
yoteskinner Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 559
Loc: Hillsdale, IN
Wife and I will be at the Laredo, in the camping section.
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#5948423 - 07/11/17 04:42 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
I'm sure everyone deals with mosquitos but they are really bad right now so you might want to stock up on supplies to deal with them, especially if you are camping here they might not be too bad where the convention is.

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#5948435 - 07/11/17 05:10 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
QuietButDeadly Offline
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Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 1125
Loc: NC, Orange Co.
I put this same post in the other NTA post.........

Any baseball fans up there interested in a Cubs game on Monday or Tuesday before the convention. I would be interested with a local guide. Send me a PM.
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#5948467 - 07/11/17 06:02 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: RiversNorth13]
TKM Offline
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Registered: 10/05/14
Posts: 72
Loc: Michigan
Please note that Ed Lundborg and Chip Davis are flip flopped on that demo schedule that is posted on this thread.

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#5948699 - 07/11/17 09:59 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
Also Sumner park has free camping but they discourage campfires? It don't make sense to me but Sumner park is pretty much connected to the fairgrounds so it might be OK for some of you.

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#5948719 - 07/11/17 10:29 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: QuietButDeadly]
Tweed Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 659
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: QuietButDeadly
I put this same post in the other NTA post.........

Any baseball fans up there interested in a Cubs game on Monday or Tuesday before the convention. I would be interested with a local guide. Send me a PM.


Do yourself a favor and skip a Cubs game and go to Miller Park to watch the 1st place Brewers. Tailgating and traffic will be 1,000 times better.

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#5948792 - 07/12/17 05:47 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Trapper Dahlgren Offline
trapper

Registered: 06/15/16
Posts: 651
Loc: Michigan
I will be staying at host . hotel holiday inn is this a good place

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#5948794 - 07/12/17 05:57 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 2742
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 46years ...
unfourtunatly I won't make it this year.....my granddaughter is due to be born around that time....babies will pop out when they are ready......lol.
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#5948853 - 07/12/17 08:06 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Trapper Dahlgren]
Seansr Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Originally Posted By: Trapper Dahlgren
I will be staying at host . hotel holiday inn is this a good place


What town?
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#5948932 - 07/12/17 10:10 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Larry Baer Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 522
Loc: Peoria County Illinois
I guess I'll finally get to see if that dried up old fart is as negative in person as he is on this website.

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#5948938 - 07/12/17 10:14 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Larry Baer]
Tweed Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 659
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: Larry Baer
I guess I'll finally get to see if that dried up old fart is as negative in person as he is on this website.




Which one of the dry up old farts?

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#5948943 - 07/12/17 10:38 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Tweed]
on the ice Offline
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Registered: 12/18/12
Posts: 46
Loc: sw wi
Monroe WI is about as close as Rockford, little farther than Freeport. several hotels, awesome Swiss heritage area. extremely safe environment. good little Swiss bars with burgers, pizza, and beverage. Stock up on some "Spotted Cow"


Edited by on the ice (07/12/17 10:45 AM)

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#5948947 - 07/12/17 10:49 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
on the ice Offline
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Registered: 12/18/12
Posts: 46
Loc: sw wi
AmericInn Monroe WI

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#5949482 - 07/13/17 07:27 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
trapper les Offline
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Posts: 12011
Loc: williams,mn
ttt
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#5949807 - 07/13/17 04:35 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
ratbrain Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 1654
Loc: Illinois
Our Grandson wants to know if there will be kids there ? LOL He's 9.


Edited by ratbrain (07/13/17 04:35 PM)

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#5949817 - 07/13/17 05:01 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Posts: 10452
Loc: north Idaho
If it is a typical NTA convention - more kids than he will have time to meet .

They have special events for kids. He will have a good time.
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#5949839 - 07/13/17 05:39 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
My son will be there for sure lol
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#5949849 - 07/13/17 06:13 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: ratbrain]
Jim Bethell Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 904
Loc: Woodhull, Illinois 74
Originally Posted By: ratbrain
Our Grandson wants to know if there will be kids there ? LOL He's 9.
My 9 year old great grant son will be with us the whole time. He could use some one to hang out with. Stop by our booth.

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#5949914 - 07/13/17 07:47 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Chuckles84 Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 501
Loc: S. Illinois
Bringing my 11 year old son with me

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#5949932 - 07/13/17 08:12 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
My boy is going to be 6 this year. Got him his own DPs this year so he can have his own coon line. FB1s.....he loves them cuz he can just step on them lol. Should be a great time with him at the convention
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#5950001 - 07/13/17 10:02 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Coontailhat12 Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/03/10
Posts: 140
Loc: Northern IN
How is the candlewood suites in Rockford ? That's where I'll be staying...unless you tell me it's a bad hotel

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#5950020 - 07/13/17 10:25 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
drfeelgood Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 4
Loc: Missouri
How is the area around Hampton Freeport? Anything good to eat around there?

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#5950115 - 07/14/17 06:17 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
farmboy4320 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 248
Loc: northern IL
The candlewood hotel looks nice it's in the area with most of the other good hotels in the area.

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#5950402 - 07/14/17 01:45 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: drfeelgood]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Originally Posted By: drfeelgood
How is the area around Hampton Freeport? Anything good to eat around there?


The Hampton is downtown Freeport. The down town area is dying and not much to do or eat and its definately not much to see but we have a few places to eat that are good. We have Canovas, Fieldstone, Cimminos, and a few ma n pa places. Those are my fav....good food and cheap lol
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#5950850 - 07/14/17 10:48 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
drfeelgood Offline
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Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 4
Loc: Missouri
Thanks for the info. We will be trying to find the more ma and pa places. They are also my favorite. smile

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#5950967 - 07/15/17 07:38 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Ill get a list together for you
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#5950980 - 07/15/17 07:51 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
ratbrain Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 1654
Loc: Illinois
Anyone ever dined at The Rafters in Lena?

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#5951032 - 07/15/17 08:57 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Seansr Offline
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Registered: 07/17/16
Posts: 92
Loc: Illinois, US
Yeah, I personaly think its way over priced for what it is, BUT i havent been there in 10 years. Had a couple bad experiences and never went back
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#5951332 - 07/15/17 05:18 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Minker Offline
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What about the alpine inn or quality lodge ,both on e.state st.,Rockford ?

Any decent and safe places to eat around there ? Or between there and the fairgrounds ?
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#5951376 - 07/15/17 06:27 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Jim Bethell Offline
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Originally Posted By: Seansr
Ill get a list together for you

That would be great. Thank you.

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#5951798 - 07/16/17 11:50 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
TNFrenchy Offline
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This will be our first National, I am coming with my two sons(10 and 13)and my daughter (13)
The reservation have already been made for the hotel, the NTA barbecue and the FBU banquet, we are going to be there all three days.
The kids are planning on registering for the different workshops, they are exited.
Do you have any advice for a newbie?
We will be hanging around the Tennessee Fur Harvester booth, we hope to meet a lot of people, so stop by to say hello.

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#5951807 - 07/16/17 12:00 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Bring a good pair of walking shoes - you can put on a lot of miles at an NTA convention. If you plan on buying supplies - cash talks!!

Have fun. Your kids should have a blast.
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#5951819 - 07/16/17 12:20 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: TNFrenchy]
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Originally Posted By: TNFrenchy
This will be our first National, I am coming with my two sons(10 and 13)and my daughter (13)
The reservation have already been made for the hotel, the NTA barbecue and the FBU banquet, we are going to be there all three days.
The kids are planning on registering for the different workshops, they are exited.
Do you have any advice for a newbie?
We will be hanging around the Tennessee Fur Harvester booth, we hope to meet a lot of people, so stop by to say hello.


What table will you be at for the FBU? I'll be at one of the OSTA tables

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#5951884 - 07/16/17 02:08 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: SNIPERBBB]
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Seansr, don't forget to stop by Boss Dobbin's booth. He's nicer than he looks! grin
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#5951903 - 07/16/17 02:36 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Minker Offline
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The boss always has some interesting things to drink, provided he don't break or spill them and melt a hole in the concrete floor.

There probably still wondering what disolved the concrete in Hamburg !
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#5951908 - 07/16/17 02:41 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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I'll be having skeeter pee to share in the afternoons.
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#5952013 - 07/16/17 05:02 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Are there any venders that sell fish bait? Someone once had some 5 gallon buckets of frozen small fish heads an I believe maybe smelt an real oily ? From Washington I think?

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#5952035 - 07/16/17 05:48 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: TNFrenchy]
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Originally Posted By: TNFrenchy
This will be our first National, I am coming with my two sons(10 and 13)and my daughter (13)
The reservation have already been made for the hotel, the NTA barbecue and the FBU banquet, we are going to be there all three days.
The kids are planning on registering for the different workshops, they are exited.
Do you have any advice for a newbie?
We will be hanging around the Tennessee Fur Harvester booth, we hope to meet a lot of people, so stop by to say hello.

You and the kids will have a great time.

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#5952048 - 07/16/17 06:07 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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I will def stop by dobbins booth, hoping to stop at as many as I can.
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#5952072 - 07/16/17 06:37 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
TNFrenchy Offline
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Thanks to everyone for all the advises.
We will definitely try to stop and check every booth.
I will also make sure I stop by the boss both after lunch to taste the skeeter pee.
I can't wait to meet all of you.
Look like we are going to have a lot of fun.
Thanks again.

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#5952536 - 07/17/17 10:32 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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I'm leaning more and more towards driving down there. If I do I would only be able to go Saturday. Will there still be deals to be had by then? Will there be plenty of tailgaters?

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#5952568 - 07/17/17 11:06 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Most NTA conventions have lots of tailgaters. Since tail gating is first come first served, no guarantee how many there will be.

There should be bargains on Saturday - dealers looking to lighten the load for the trip home.

Don't wait too long on Saturday to get there. About mid afternoon things usually start to slow down and dealers start packing up.

This is about as close as a national convention will get to Milwaukee, I would definitely take advantage of the opportunity.

Have fun.
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#5952580 - 07/17/17 11:26 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Tweed]
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Originally Posted By: Tweed
I'm leaning more and more towards driving down there. If I do I would only be able to go Saturday. Will there still be deals to be had by then? Will there be plenty of tailgaters?


I'd get there as soon as the gates open on Saturday, by noon at the FTA lots of folks were starting to pack up and leave. frown
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#5953228 - 07/18/17 06:50 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: TNFrenchy]
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Originally Posted By: TNFrenchy
Thanks to everyone for all the advises.
We will definitely try to stop and check every booth.
I will also make sure I stop by the boss both after lunch to taste the skeeter pee.
I can't wait to meet all of you.
Look like we are going to have a lot of fun.
Thanks again.

You will have a great time my friend. Don't forget to sign the kids up for some of the events. Lots of stuff going on every day. Laura said that you could even help out in the booth if you run out of something to do, OR NOT. See you all there and have a safe trip.

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#5953341 - 07/18/17 08:57 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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LCD,

being with you guys, make me say that we will have fun already.
The kids plan to get to Tamara as soon as it open on Thursday, Emma is not decided on witch workshop she want to get, you know her, she want to go to all of them.
I definitely plan to give you guys a break and spend some time at the TFHA booth.
Give Miss Laura a big hug or me and the kids.

Be safe too and see you in Pecatonica.

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#5953546 - 07/18/17 01:09 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Wish next Wednesday would just hurry up and get here.

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#5953917 - 07/18/17 08:05 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Hey guys and gals. My daughter decided to extend her time at science camp and won't be coming to the convention. I purchased tickets for My husband, her and myself to the Awards Banquet dinner on Thursday some time ago and now looks like it's just him and I. They don't have seating assignments it appears. Any families out there who have not purchased their tickets yet who could use it? Would like to see a kid use it and wanting to give it away so it doesn't go unused. It's yours for first to PM me with how to get it to you. I am coming in Wed night and will be there throughout. I could drop it at a booth, mail it tomorrow or meet up at the convention somewhere. See ya all next week.

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#5954991 - 07/19/17 10:09 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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staying at the Baymont in Rockford.
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#5955114 - 07/20/17 07:11 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Don, too bad you're at the Baymont in Rockford and not Freeport. Pretty sure Paul is there too.

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#5955160 - 07/20/17 08:37 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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How many of you will be staying in Freeport?
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#5955285 - 07/20/17 12:16 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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We will be staying in freeport,

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#5955353 - 07/20/17 02:02 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Still interested in going to the Cubs game Tuesday afternoon but prefer to go with someone. Never been to Wrigley or even in Chicago for that matter. Any of you locals interested? Send me a PM.
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#5955558 - 07/20/17 06:55 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Less than a week to go...

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#5955776 - 07/20/17 10:40 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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We will be there selling some rare pieces from our collection.
Hope to see you guys. We will be in building three.

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#5955816 - 07/20/17 11:17 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: cascade]
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what is your collection?
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#5955835 - 07/20/17 11:46 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Cascade has an amazing collection of traps. Bear traps on down. Some very unique stuff.
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#5955904 - Yesterday at 06:54 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
Jim Bethell Offline
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Originally Posted By: Seansr
How many of you will be staying in Freeport?
That is where we will be staying.

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#5955911 - Yesterday at 07:06 AM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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I'm camping on the grounds. Are there showers available or do I bring a big sponge?
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#5956103 - Yesterday at 12:09 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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There is showers at the fairgrounds that I would assume would be open but I'm not for sure.

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#5956131 - Yesterday at 12:50 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Just a heads up to folks thinking about camping at Sumner park, the pecatoica river is out of its banks and I belive it will get a little higher this weekend I am not sure when it will go down but this will limit the camping spits at Sumner park so you might want to have a pLan b for the convention.

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#5956144 - Yesterday at 01:08 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: mheb]
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Originally Posted By: mheb
We will be staying in freeport,


I'm in Freeport as well.
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#5956148 - Yesterday at 01:12 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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my wife don't get off until 9p and we have 2-1/2 hr drive, so prolly wont get down there until midnight Wednesday night. hopefully will be able to find a spot. last year we showed up late and ended up camping on the edge of the venders(which wasn't too bad and no one seemed to mind)

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#5956227 - Yesterday at 03:27 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Hope y'all will share some pics
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#5956284 - Yesterday at 04:28 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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This beats the heck out of what we been having!!!
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#5956417 - Yesterday at 07:39 PM Re: NTA convention in Pecatonica [Re: Seansr]
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Looks like great weather. Everyone bring plenty of skitter spray, they are already out in full force.
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