2023 MVPA-HA Convention Update

October 27, 2022

2023 MVPA-HA International Convention - Des Moines, Iowa, 15-17 JUNE  2023

UPDATE, 20 September 2022: We’re in the planning stages for the 2023 MVPA Convention to be held on June 15-17 at the Iowa StateFairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. I want to bring you up to date on some highlights.We plan for this convention to be more interactive than some in the past. And because the fairground allows it, we will be taking vehicles out of the convention center for a daily parade.

We will also be having seminars and demonstrations throughout the days.We will be having tours to the Gold Star Military Museum, John WayneBirthplace and Museum, Boone Valley Scenic Railroad, and a continuous running shuttle to downtown Des Monies stopping at historic places and shopping places.

We’re adding a new class for judged vehicles this year. This will be the Modified Military Vehicle Class. Entrants must have a military vehicle chassis and body, but any customizations are welcome. We hope this will encourage more people to come to the convention and share their passion. We want to expand our outreach to potential new members and welcome all who enjoy military vehicles — in whatever way they do it. You might know of people who may have modified vehicles and felt that they wouldn’t fit in.  Reach out and invite them!

We will also be having seminars on half-tracks, front end alignments on Jeeps and vehicle maintenance by Les Fisher, a military radio demonstration by Charlie Ricketts, and there are plans for some nice armor displays.The food services will be greatly improved with multiple vendors and a dining area.The convention hall is huge. Half of it will be vehicles, and the other half vendors.

Though the floor plan is not yet finished, the aisles will be large enough for vendors to drive pickups and cars to their tables for setup and teardown. Carts and a forklift will be available at no charge.Parking is free, and we will have electric scooters available to rent. Vendor tables are priced at $75.00 per table.

For those of you who pay in full at the time of reservation, you will be able to get a full refund if you inform us of your cancellation at least 90days before the convention. You can also pay half down with your reservation(non-refundable) and pay the remainder 90 days before the event.

— Bill Scott, Event Director
eventdirector@MVPA.org or 502-649-6675