Thanks for posting, Nick!
I liked the grassroots approach as well, but I would not want to do it that way every year. Once every five is probably good...just to mix it up a bit.
For 2012, I am looking to get back to the normal format (Friday evening event, Show on Saturday and banquet/sperker on Saturday night). In fact, I have been working with one of the other members on a great concept for 2012 year, and am looking to make an announcement on format and concept around December 1.
But just know that it's happening, it's going back to the traditional format, and you're definitely going to want to be a part of it.
Also, as an early heads up: The ABA schedule isn't final-and-public yet, so take this with a grain of salt... but early word is that the Midwest national is likely NOT to happen on father's day weekend in 2012, due to the Olympic Trials, which are happening in Chula Vista on the same day.
More to come.