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E-Fest vendor space still available

By Nick Bullock
Published: January 22, 2013
The eighth annual E-Fest is quickly approaching, and the event’s host, Hobbico, still has openings for vendors, said Carol Pesch, Hobbico product communication manager.

The event, held Feb. 9–10 in the University of Illinois Track and Field Armory in Champaign, Ill., is an electric, indoor radio-controlled airplane and helicopter festival open to consumers.

E-Fest usually attracts about 2,000 consumers, Pesch said, and has a good family draw. Admission costs $5 and is free for children under age 12.

The festival schedule begins with open flying at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Specific flying events are staggered throughout the day, including the Make It Take It Airplane Launch at 5 p.m., which Pesch said is always a crowd favorite.

“We line all of the kids up along the flight line,” she said, “and they all launch their model airplanes that they made. And then we give them a little medal around their neck.”

Other popular parts of the show include the “Blackout” Night Fly in the evening of Feb. 9 and seminars throughout the day, Pesch said. More open flying is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10.

There will also be an R/C blimp dropping slips of paper that may be redeemed for R/C prizes from the event’s vendors, which currently include Great Planes, ElectriFly, Futaba, Heli-Max, Fly RC Magazine, Model Airplane News, Electric Flight Magazine, RC Sport Flyer Magazine, Model Aviation, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Hobby Merchandiser, Horizon Hobby, Spektrum, Lukes RC Planes and Robart.

For more information or to register to be show pilot or vendor, visit the show's website or email Pesch.