The Statler Users Group And Representatives (SUGAR) Board is pleased to announce that the next SUGAR Conference will be held in Kansas City, MO June 22-24, 2017. The theme for the 2017 SUGAR Conference will be "Quilter’s Rhapsody!" The SUGAR Conference will be held again at the Holiday Inn KCI & KCI Expo Center, just a five-minute drive from the Kansas City International Airport. "This venue was fantastic for our 2015 conference, and the proximity to the airport is very convenient for our international attendees coming in from all parts of the globe. We are looking forward to another successful conference!" says SUGAR Conference Manager, Jennifer Pond.
The SUGAR Conference is an educational conference specifically dedicated to specialized training for Statler® owners. Statler by Gammill® is a high-tech, computerized longarm quilting machine made by Gammill Quilting Systems, out of West Plains, MO. These machines are different from other longarm quilting machines because they are operated by computer software and hardware capable of stitching almost any design.
As always, the SUGAR Conference will offer three days of classes for every level of quilter (beginners to experienced) by professional Statler® instructors, a quilt competition specifically for Statler® quilters, as well as a stunning display of machine-quilted quilts and special exhibits, a vendor mall of quilting-related products, and much more – culminating with a catered banquet and guest entertainment. "The SUGAR organization is dedicated to providing pertinent classes for Statler® users and a forum for socialization and education. We feel there is a real need for classes specific to Statler® machines and networking among Statler® owners, and the purpose of this conference is to meet that need," says SUGAR Conference Committee Chair, Georgia Stull.
Priority Registration for Charter SUGAR members (those who joined before Dec. 31, 2011) will open January 10, 2017 at 9 a.m. CDT (Central Time). Member Registration for all SUGAR members (who join before Dec. 31, 2016) will open January 17, 2017 at 9 a.m. CDT (Central Time). And General Registration to the public will open February 15, 2017 at 9 a.m. CDT (Central Time). As in the past, SUGAR members will receive a significant discount on the registration fee. To join the SUGAR organization (just $35 for a one-year membership) and take advantage of member pricing for the conference visit www.statleruser.org.
The 2017 conference registration fee is $450 for SUGAR members and $550 for non-SUGAR members. The conference registration fee includes: The Opening Social Wednesday evening (June 21st), all catered meals during the conference, the Friday Night Banquet & Entertainment, all stage events, a registration bag, and admission to the Quilt Show & Vendor Mall all three days. The conference registration fee does not include any classes or the optional Wednesday bus tour (see more about the bus tour on the Featured Events page). We are pleased to host nearly 100 classes during the 3 days of the conference. Conference attendees are invited to sign up for any number of classes with their registration at the standard price of $25 / class-hour.
The teacher line-up and class schedule will be available for attendees to peruse on the Class Information page by no later than Dec. 10th. Partner hotel information and special rates will be available on the Hotels & Travel page by Nov. 15th. Companies with machine-quilting related products are invited to register online now for booth space in the Vendor Mall. Pricing and information is available on the Vendors & Sponsors page.