The 2012 Lousiana delegation shows off their colors as they parade down Main Street.

The 2012 Lousiana delegation shows off their colors as they parade down Main Street.

            Whispers of Mock Convention 2016 and all of its glory have been circulating on campus since January. But now that the convention is approaching, the buzz just keeps getting louder and louder.

            If you’re feeling self-conscious that you still haven’t gotten involved in W&L’s famed political research project (that, if you’ll recall, you all only get ONE chance to be a part of throughout your entire four years here)—fear not! The solution to your problem is coming soon. We give you: the Delegate Fair.

            The fair will take place on October 7th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Cannan Green. The purpose of the fair is for each delegation to recruit members. Students can visit the booths of as many delegations as they like before signing their allegiance to one. Each delegation booth will have information about its state or region, as well as t-shirts and other merchandise for sale.

            While students may only join one delegation, they are free to purchase merchandise from as many delegation booths as they wish during the fair. Another key thing to remember: all delegations will be filled on a “first-come, first-served” basis. In other words: no saving a spot in line for your friend, and you cannot sign anyone up for a delegation beside yourself.

Your $45 Delegate Fee also secures your credentials for Convention Weekend and access to the convention floor for half the price of a general admission ticket.

            If you find yourself previously engaged during the fair, don’t sweat it. The Mock Con website will be continually updated throughout the fair to alert students as to how many spots remain in each delegation. If you don’t arrive until 1:58 p.m., you may not get your first choice. But, chances are some delegation will still have room for you! (Idaho always needs love. Shout out to @JennaFaude.)

            So, if you’ve made it this far through the blog post and you’re still asking yourself: “Why should I bother joining a delegation?”…political chair Katherine Hodges has a few words of wisdom for you:

            Being in a delegation is the largest opportunity to get involved in Mock Con. You will get access to all of Convention Weekend’s events, from the debate and Friday lunch, to the sessions. You will get the opportunity to be in the parade and participate by riding your delegation’s float. As a delegate, you can contribute to research, help decorate the float, or even get the chance to participate in the roll call.”—Katherine Hodges, ‘16

                So make room in your Wednesday this week for a trip to the Delegate Fair. We guarantee you won’t hate it. (And, you’ll for sure get to add some new t-shirts to your collection.) See you on October 7th!