Of course the point of gathering for a reader conference is to mix and mingle...not only tour grocery stores, collect swag and play Pictionary. When I tell people I'm headed to an event with 300 women and a handful of men, most people question the amount of estrogen in such a confined space. Don't that many women get catty?
Wonderful friendships begin at events like this. Many long-time friends and book-club members met this way.
And then there are raffle baskets. Romance readers are serious about their raffle baskets. Authors, readers, sponsors, and publishers took the time to put together and donate baskets for auction. Some had spendy items - iPad, Kindle Fire, Seventh Circle Productions marketing help - while others were packed to the brim with books.
One Way Farm. Amazing!