Update as of November 1, 2020
Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My!
As we saw in the Wizard of Oz movie “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow faced many uncertainties on their way to the Emerald City. Following the Yellow Brick Road to the 2021 MCA National Show in Overland Park appears to also have some uncertainties as well, especially as it relates to Covid19.
As Show Chairperson, I want everyone who has registered and those taking a wait and see approach to know that our venue and show committee are committed to making this the safest possible MCA National Show, even if things do not improve, everything is being planned to keep attendees safe. Let me share a few of the reasons why I believe this to be true.
- The Overland Park Convention Center (OPCC) is among the first convention centers in the country to achieve the Global Biorisk Advisory Council accreditation, the hospitality industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.
- Safety measures being incorporated include: Enhanced protective measures, temperature health/screening, physical distancing, limited contact enhancements, enhanced cleaning/sanitation & training, and elimination of shared use food & beverage items.
- Our National Show Committee meets with the OPCC by-monthly and go over safety procedures and protocols. We chose menu items and serving procedures that include servers at each station to safely serve each item and/or plated serving instead of self-serve stations. Table seating is limited to 6 people and tables are spaced 6 foot apart. Masks are required in all indoors spaces, unless seated while eating and drinking, as well as outdoors when gathered as groups.
Please know that our National Show Committee and the Overland Park Convention Center have put health and safety as our top priority. We all hope the pandemic will be much less of a concern next July but know that we are preparing as if the show were tomorrow. Please don’t hesitate to register your car or make your hotel reservations.
Currently, our registration stands at 113 cars as of October 30th, or more than 25% to our goal of 400 cars. Our hotel booking for the Sheraton at the Overland Park Convention Center room block is nearly 60% booked, or only 40% of our room block is left. The Marriott Kansas City Overland Park is 8%, or 92% of our room block left, but we have a smaller room block available at the Marriott than the Sheraton. Again, to get the preferred rates at either hotel, use this link https://mmxreservations.com/fer/visitoverlandpark?pageCode=MCA2021OP
Other activities, such as the Welcome Reception Friday evening and Breakfast Sunday morning before the Awards Ceremony also are filling up nicely. Remember, signing up for breakfast gets you preferred table seating for the Keynote Speaker and Award Ceremony following the breakfast. Don’t forget to sign up for these activities while registering your car at www.motosho.com.
Thank you to those who have already registered, and for those who haven’t, please do! Look for another update and details next month! Until then…we’re off to see the Wizard!
Ed Mardiat, Show Chairperson
MCA 2021 National Show – Overland Park
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