LOTS 44th Annual Convention – Knoxville, TN (July 9-16, 2023)
It’s time to make your summer vacation plans! This year’s LOTS convention takes us to Knoxville, Tennessee – Home of the Vols! From July 9-16, 2023, you’ll enjoy six days of tours in or near the third largest city in Tennessee. Knoxville is located in the Great Appalachian Valley, known locally as the Tennessee Valley, about halfway between the Great Smoky Mountains to the east, and the Cumberland Plateau to the west, and is within a days drive of more than half the entire membership in LOTS! “Make plans now to join your fellow LOTS Members in Knoxville, Tennessee! You’re sure to have a great time!” Bring your friends and family with you! LOTS Members are some of the friendliest conventioneers on the planet, and always have a great time together!
Our headquarters hotel is the Hilton – Knoxville Airport (McGhee Tyson – TYS) The hotel is just off US-129, connected to McGhee Tyson Airport via a covered walkway. A free shuttle is available within a five-mile radius. They have a wonderful indoor pool and fitness center. LOTS rate is $135. Parking and WiFi are free. Reservations at the hotel are now open. Please call 865.970.4300 to register. Our group code is LOTS.
Tour Descriptions and Activities Information – CLICK HERE
Online registration for tours and activites – CLICK HERE
Knoxville Airport Model Train Show – July 15, 2023 – Open to the Public!
On Saturday, July 15, we’ll share and promote toy trains by hosting the Knoxville Airport Model Train Show. The show features all types and sizes of trains in one of the Hilton Knoxville Airport Hotel ballrooms. Free parking is available until the Lot fills up. All registered LOTS Members and their guests can attend the show free of charge beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, as long as they are wearing their 2023 Convention name badges. Registered LOTS Members get exclusive access to the show for the first hour! If you do not register for the convention, you will not be admitted to the train show during the exclusive access time. You are welcome to attend beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $8.00 per person. Location: Grand Ballroom
The LOTS 2023 Get Acquainted Party is also “Open to the Public” this year and will be held on-site at the Hilton Knoxville Airport Hotel. An authentic Mexican fiesta buffet will be served, along with a cash bar. The dinner coincides with the LOTS annual “no reserve, no buyer’s premium” live toy train auction. In this auction, we are liquidating the collection of all types of trains and train stuff of Cris Matuszak, DM-1399, a long time LOTS member who passed away in 2020. To bid on any item in the auction, you must attend the auction in person. Priority seating will be provided (at assigned tables) in the ballroom for those attending the Get Acquainted Party. You can still attend the auction without purchasing a dinner ticket, however, your seat will be at the back of the ballroom. The auction will be open to public. Get your registration in as early as possible to ensure your spot. Location: Cascades Ballroom
Online registration for vendors at the Knoxville Airport Model Train and Dinner during the LOTS 2nd Annual Toy Train Auction – CLICK HERE
Future Conventions are scheduled for –
Lawrence, Kansas – July 21-28, 2024