As one of the highlights of any PEZ convention, room hopping allows all attendees to buy and sell thousands of PEZ all in one place! Any registered attendee can open their hotel room to allow buyers to browse throughout the event. We strive to keep all open rooms on the first and second floors of the hotel, but will also use the third floor if there is overflow. Room hopping can happen at any time. If rooms are open, you can shop! When you register, please indicate if you are selling out of your room so we can try to make sure you are on one of the lower floors of the hotel.
Paint PEZ Art
This was a new event in 2023 but it was a hit so we are bringing it back! This event requires separate registration and an additional fee. It is limited to only 40 participants due to space and supply constraints. During this session, Chad Davis will lead the group through step-by-step instructions to paint a PEZ art piece. All supplies will be provided and participants will keep the piece they paint. Registration is available now and limited to 40 spots.
Come play games and kick off the convention with our opening ceremonies! We are bringing out the games out for all to play! Children and adults alike can play these simple, fun games to win tickets for prizes. This year there will be prizes for both registered and unregistered (child) attendees. We will end the event with a huge PEZ pile for kids of all ages! This favorite photo opportunity returns so get your cameras ready!
First Timers Training Camp
Join your first timer ambassadors, Chris & Mary Wiley, in this casual, informal event meant for those who are new to conventions. Whether it is your first time ever, your first time back, or you just have a few questions after attending for a year or two - this event is for you! We want to make sure all of our first time attendees have the opportunity to meet both other newbies and experienced collectors. We will have many people on hand to answer your questions and make sure you don't feel alone during the convention!
Show off your PEZ knowledge with this trivia event led by Tom Zellmer and Brian Scott Crisp. The format will utilize the app "Kahoot" which you can download ahead of time. However, if you don't feel tech savvy or would rather not add an app to your phone you CAN still participate in this event by pairing with someone that will use the app. Bring your phone or a friend and all of the PEZ facts stored in your brain to compete to have your name on the giant trivia trophy!
Hosted by Jeff and Linda Gilligan, Speed PEZ is a great way to meet new people! Attendees are put in groups of 4-6 people for about 10 minutes at a time. Each group is provided with PEZ and non-PEZ related prompts so everyone can get to know more about each other. Whether you've been collecting for days or decades, we encourage everyone to attend this event! You never know if you may meet your best PEZ friend!
Bringing back an attendee favorite - PEZamania Wars utilizes the traditional card game of "War" to get down to the final four tables which will compete for 1st - 8th place prizes. Tickets for PEZamania Wars are sold in the registration room on Wednesday and Thursday. Each ticket is $3 and can be paid by cash, PayPal, or credit card when you pick up your registration packet. You must bring your ticket with you to play war! During the event we will also have a Slient Auction running that will help us raise money for the Gliding Stars.
An educational opportunity for collectors of all experience levels! In the past seminars have covered collecting 101, fake PEZ, advertising items, candy packs, and more. This year Dave Schmidt "The PEZ Doctor" will be giving a hands on demonstration on repairing and cleaning your dispensers.
Photographer Kurt Nielsen and his team bring themed photo backdrops and a traveling camera set up to provide photos to all attendees. Take as many photos as you want with the traveling camera and receive them by text/email, or head over to the photo backdrop to use costumes and props then get printouts of your portraits. Free to all convention attendees with donations accepted for the Gliding Stars
All children 14 and under can join the Davis family as they lead the Kids' games. With over 10 different games to play, the kids can win small prizes at each station. They will also have five Bingo games for an opportunity to win bigger PEZ prizes. All children will also leave with a gift bag filled with fun items and a special item just for them! Registration is not required to play these games. However, we encourage you to take advantage of the FREE registration option so we can make up special name badges and small themed packs for each child who comes to PEZamania. If you're interested in helping out at the convention, these games are an excellent volunteer opportunity!
Left, Center, Right Dice Game
No skill or knowledge needed! LCR (Left, Center, Right) is a simple dice game that gives all participants the opportunity to win PEZ prizes and a coveted LCR trophy. The concept of the game is simple - receive three chips, roll three dice, and hope you get to hang onto your chips after your roll! If you get an L, a chip moves to the player on your left, an R send a chip to the right, and a C puts a chip in the center where it's out of play. Last player with a chip takes home the PEZ and the trophy!
The main event of PEZamania happens Friday night! Come as soon as the ballroom opens for early seating. The night will be filled with games, raffles, and special auctions to benefit the Gliding Stars. Be sure to bring your game cards and your name tag. You MUST have your name tag to win a prize! Only registered attendees are eligible for the prizes but we have space and fun for the whole family! A silent auction will also be open during the show and will close10 minutes after Family Fun Night ends.
The selling event of the year happens in all four ballrooms! With 90 tables of PEZ dealers you can circle the ballroom for hours and still see something new every time. Registered attendees can enter 30 minutes before the show opens to the general public. The public show is free with donations accepted. Raffle tickets will be drawn randomly throughout the show and you must be present to win! Dealer tables for the show can be purchased when you register and are $45 each. Shop 'til you drop one last time before the convention ends.
The charity auction to benefit Gliding Stars will feature unique PEZ items and all the money will go to the Gliding Stars! This is the perfect opportunity to purchase something you didn't find during the convention while also helping a great cause. The auction will be 90 minutes and feature about 50 PEZ items.
Break out your track suits and your sweatbands because dressing for the theme (while not required) is highly encouraged! Join us for a fun, casual night with entertainment, a chance to socialize before leaving on Sunday, and some amazing themed PEZ prizes! Registered attendees who are present have a chance to win the themed grand prizes! This event will be fun for the whole family.
Join the hosts of Lounge Lizards - Rhonda and Adam Rasmusson - in the lobby immediately following the conclusion of the Hoe Down. Chances to win the Lounge Lizards PEZ prizes can be purchased throughout the event from the registration room or from Rhonda and Adam. All money raised from this event goes to the Gliding Stars.