One of the things I will discuss at the upcoming Seattle Pipe Show dinner is the fact that Pipe Shows are truly an important part of our hobby. Any suggestions on what makes a great pipe show for you?
Thanks for your help,
I live about 15 minutes from the Chicago Pipe Show. I have gone to the last three shows. Yes, the pipes and samples are great. But the two features that I like the best are the camaraderie with other pipe smokers and being able to talk to the giants in the industry. Last year, I sat down at a table with some guys and found out that they were heads of marketing for tobacco companies, top pipe makers, etc.
I've been to Richmond twice. I love the venue as smoking is permitted on the floor. One of my favorite memories is from the show last year, sitting with some of the Philly Pipe club members and some DC area guys I know, just enjoying our pipes and new found treasures. After two shows, I can see it really is a small and close-knit fraternity.
The best part of pipe shows is the camaraderie by far. Getting to know and meet the people that we usually only associate with online is a real pleasure. Becoming acquainted with the pipe makers, estate sellers, retailers and tobacco blenders on a first name basis is to truly know the people that enjoy our hobby.
As for the pipe shows that I attend my all time favorite is the CORPS in Richmond, Va. The hospitality, the time of year, and the venue are all tops IMO. If I had to choose only one show per year it would be CORPS. but since I am able to make more than one, Chicago and The West Coast Pipe Show are my other favorites. By far the best venue IMO is the Las Vegas show, with endless places to see and enjoy around town in addition to being a fantastic show and incredibly well organized. Chicago being the biggest pipe show on earth is just beyond imagination if you haven't attended a show before it can be overwhelming to a new attendee. The only negative is not being able to smoke on the show room floor, but it's hardly worth mentioning when they supply the massive smoking tent where you can sit, sip, puff and socialize 24 hours a day. So actually there's no such thing as a bad pipe show, they all start at excellent and get better from there!!! I just wish the weather was more accommodating for travel in the winter so that I could attend St. Louis.