|Melissa trying to win a prize|
|Poppy and her new hatbox|
|Jim teaching his Creative Painting workshop|
Then there's the aforementioned slot tournament. Two rounds of 15 minutes each of non-stop button pushing on a video slot machine. It gets pretty silly though, because, honestly, that's all you're doing for 15 minutes and so you look for ways to amuse yourself. Or at least I do. I yell, talk to the machine, or razz my fellow opponents, but it's all in good fun. At the end prizes are handed out to the top scorers. This year the prizes went 15 players deep and included items like NRFB Fashion Royalty dolls, RnD Susie dolls, and free hotel restaurant dinners donated by The Orleans Casino. Then there was a booby prize for last place. Once again, it's all in good fun.
|Putting the finishing touches on the display|
|Kathie at her sales table|
Oh! The raffle room. I can't forget the raffle room. Collectors and manufacturers collectively donate hundreds of items to be raffled off in the raffle room. There is something there for everyone and the attendees have even managed to turn the raffle experience into a little game. Tables of items ring the wall of the room and then there are two smaller rings of tables towards the middle of the room. Some folks sit inside the smaller ring of tables while other folks sit outside by the outer ring creating two teams, the Inner Circle and the Outer Circle. The Inner Circle folks will cheer loudly when an Inner Circle member's name is called for a prize and the Outer Circle folks do likewise for an Outer Circle member. New attendees can sometimes be overwhelmed by this process and confuse it for poor sportsmanship. It is not. Jim would never allow that type of behavior. Once again, it's all in good fun.
|Me as a Lullaby League Munchkin|
So I'm already dreaming of next year's IFDC, Shock, Rattle & Roll which of course is centered around the various decades of rock. If you've never been to a doll convention, this is the one I highly recommend for getting your feet wet and then sticking with forever. Jim is a great convention organizer, the attendees behave more like a family, and while the atmosphere of the convention is relaxed, there's still plenty to do if you're so inclined. Make sure to sign up for the IFDCinfo YahooGroup, so you'll know when registration for the 2012 convention opens.
To see more of my photos from the 2011 IFDC, please visit my photostream on flickr.