You know, when I look at this list, and I know I am proably way off base, but of the four things listed, only the closing of Spookyworld is not somehow related to the other three in some way. Let me explain:
Transworld decides to restrict Haunter access to their show. The upheavel from this causes the following:
1. More interest in Hauntcon and MHC, since those shows became the only real opportunities for Haunters to see the new marketplace and feel welcome by the event sponsors.
2. IAHA has to relocate their meeting, allowing current Board members who needed to be re-elected in 2004 over 9 months of additional time to sit without reelection. As the year went on, the importance of the election grew since more and more information about the current leaders saw the light of day.
3. With IAHA's annual meeting moved, it became harder for members to attend, and caused more problems as we could not hold elections, creating more unrest among the members. For the first time in a long time, members spoke out and screamed for new direction. The results may be far reaching for the haunt industry, since we could now see IAHA grow and move us forward.
So, if it was a catalyst for so much of this year's news we look for, it must be TW.
Also, I also think the insurance issues we faced this year is also a big story of itself
Just my 2 dollars worth........2 DOLLARS!!!!! I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS
Candidate for IAHA Board