Next year's IBMA World of Bluegrass is being held at the Raleigh, NC Convention Center from September 24 - 28. We spent a night and parts of two days there this week. It's difficult to communicate the sense of excitement our convention has generated there. We spent time with hotel, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Convention Center people. A representative of the Convention Center told me they had been watching IBMA for five years, had bid on WofB when it came time for Nashville to re-up, and had maintained a continuing interest. She had attended WofB twice, was familiar with our programs and problems, and most eager to work with IBMA to help solve many of them. This is the first of a series of reports that will appear during the next several months at the 2013 IBMA World of Bluegrass emerges.
Jim Joyce asked about availability of RV parking. There are a number a spots available next to the Convention Center for rigs which are self-contained...no hookups. The best site appears to be the camping facility at the State Fairgrounds, which has 350 sites with w/e/s, but no reservation system. A confounding problem could be the N.C. State football schedule, because their stadium is across the street. If there's a home game, there probably won't be much space for RV'rs attending IBMA and traffic will be difficult. Watch here for further developments on this.