We are excited that you are considering coming to visit us!


What this event is: As veterans of our previous crank-ins will tell you, this event is set up to be a positive, learning environment. It is a place to learn and share techniques, from beginner to advanced. You will meet helpful, friendly people here who will be more than happy to help newer knitters. If you are hesitant to come solo, cast all your doubts aside! This is an opportunity to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. 


What this event is not: This event is NOT a high pressure (or any pressure for that matter) sales pitch for our machine. You don’t have to own one of our machines to attend. There will be many different machines here, both antique and modern. It’s always interesting to see the many different machines and table set ups!


In the upcoming weeks, more detailed information will be made available (demonstration list, etc.)


This crank in has the potential to be the biggest one ever and we will have plenty of space! Don’t miss out!


IMPORTANT CHANGES FROM LAST YEAR'S CRANK-IN:


After last year's event, we emailed surveys to all participants. In response to that feedback, we have made a slight change to this year's event. The input from a number of surveyed participants reflected that they were paying for meals they were unable to eat, due to special types of dietary requirements (food allergies, vegetarian meals, diabetic meals, etc.) So, we decided that lunch meals will not be included this year. The price of admission has been lowered for participants and vendors to reflect this change. There are many nice restaurants located near the Convention Center and we encourage attendees to patronize these businesses! We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.


Last year, we had a misunderstanding with Drury about the day / time for us to vacate the Convention Center. We waited until Sunday morning to move our workshop / store, along with a few participants who left their knitting machines and workspace in place. Thankfully, Drury didn't have another event scheduled and were gracious enough to not charge us for an additional day. This year, all participants need to have the Convention Center cleared out on Saturday (May 4th) evening / night, as that is the end of our contract. We cannot be responsible for any items left in the Convention Center after the doors close on Saturday night.




EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: EXPIRED

Participants who register before April 12th, 2024 will receive a free Erlbacher 2024 Crank-In T-shirt!




VENUE INFORMATION:


After the positive feedback from last year, our venue again this year is The Drury Convention Center. The Convention Center is on a bottom, single level; which makes unloading and loading a breeze. The Convention Center is located at 3351 Percy Drive, near the intersection of Interstate 55 and William Street. Our crank-in veterans will remember this is in the same proximity as the Pear Tree Inn, Auburn Place and several eating establishments. If you decide to stay at the Convention Center, they have reserved a block of very nice rooms for us at a reduced rate. Included in this reduced room rate are: complimentary hot breakfast (Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, KELSO+BROS® coffee and more) from 6am to 930am weekdays and 7am to 10am on weekends. Also included in the price of your room is an evening complimentary drink and snack station from 5:30pm to 7pm. This station features a rotating menu of hot food, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks. There is also a very nice restaurant (The Southerner) located at the venue.


Should you decide to stay there, reservations can be made two ways; first, online at www.druryhotels.com, then enter group number 10047588. Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to the same group number, 10047588. Don't forget, if you are a Drury Rewards Member, you can use your points (maybe for a free night!). IMPORTANT: If you plan on staying at the Drury Convention Center, reservations must be made on or before midnight on March 29th, 2024, which is the cutoff date.


There are several other hotels, inns, campgrounds and AirBnb’s located in the area as well.


REGISTRATION FEE: Your $65.00 registration fee covers your admission to the event, all classes and demonstrations. Participants who purchase their registration before April 12th, 2024, will be receiving a 2024 Erlbacher Crank-In t-shirt! (See registration form for sizing)




EVENT SCHEDULE:


WEDNESDAY, May 1st, 2024: WELCOME / CRANK-IN SET UP 1pm – 8pm


Set up for crank-in participants and vendors will start at 1pm. Although Erlbacher staff will be present prior to that time, we ask that participants wait until 1pm to enter. This will allow us time to set up our store / workshop. After 1pm, we can be more readily available to assist you with anything you might need for your setup. We look forward to meeting and greeting you!


The Convention Center has stipulations on bringing food and drinks into the venue. In order to meet these conditions, this precludes us from having a “service table” (snack table) as we have had in the past. We do not believe this includes individuals who bring their own drinks (such as a travel mug with coffee, etc.) into the venue. Registered hotel guests can take advantage of the Drury Kickback area (located near the main lobby) after 5:30pm.


THURSDAY, May 2nd, 2024: CRANK-IN DAY ONE 8am – 10pm

Late arrivals can set up at this time. There will be a classroom located adjacent to the Main Event floor that will be opened at 8am for setup. The Beginners Class will begin at 9am and will conclude around 11am. BYOM (Bring Your Own Machine) to this class. If you don’t own a machine, we have a couple of loaners that will be available. There will be a longer lunch break, so please take the opportunity to explore our town and its many nice restaurants! The Ribbing Class will be in the same classroom from 2pm – 4pm. Both of our instructors are extremely knowledgeable and you are sure to learn a lot from these classes. The Crank-In will now be in full swing on the Main Event floor!


FRIDAY, May 3rd, 2024: CRANK-IN  DAY TWO 8am – 10pm

At 8am, the Crank-In will start! Starting at 9am (with a lunchtime break from 11am to 1pm) there will be demonstrations at the top of the hour and a shuttle for tours of Erlbacher Gear (Home of The Erlbacher Knitting Machine) will leave the Convention Center around the bottom of the hour. Shop tours will only be conducted on Friday, when the shop is in operation. The demonstrations will be in the classroom and the tour shuttle will load and depart from the nearby Convention Center doors. A list of the demonstrations will be posted on the Main Event floor to help you plan your time accordingly. For your convenience, announcements will be made via PA to notify attendees when the demonstrations are starting and the tours are loading.


SATURDAY, May 4th, 2024: CRANK-IN  DAY THREE 8am – 10pm or so*

More cranking and more demonstrations! Enjoy the day cranking, visiting, learning and shopping! This is also the saddest day of the Crank-In. Everyone says their goodbyes until next year! *The Convention Center must be vacated on Saturday, per our rental agreement with Drury.


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ADDITIONAL LODGING / CAMPING ACCOMMODATIONS:


There are several motels and campgrounds located nearby. Here are a few of them:


Auburn Place, located at 3265 William St, in Cape Girardeau (573) 651-4486


 Holiday Inn Express, located at 3253 William Street in Cape Girardeau. (573) 334-4491.


For camping:


Cape Camping & RV Park, 1900 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, (573) 332-8888


The Landing, 3020 Boutin Drive, Cape Girardeau, (573) 334-7878


There are also several nice VRBO's / AirBnB's in the area.


PETS: Service animals are permitted in the venue, however animals that do not meet the ADA definition of "service animal" are not permitted. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. (See https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm for further information) Most Drury Hotels are pet friendly. Please advise them if you plan on bringing pets so they can provide you with their policies and fees.


SHUTTLE SERVICE: We will provide a shuttle service to / from the Convention Center to Erlbacher Gear for the shop tours on Friday.


VENDORS: Vendor space will be available! There will be a flat vendor fee of $90. This fee includes your entry and participation. Tables and chairs will be provided to you.


ERLBACHER STORE: We plan on having our store opened again this year at the event. The store hours will be 8am – 4pm, Thursday through Saturday. We will try to have as many items (cylinders, ribber systems, tables, etc.) as we can; subject to production demands.


ERLBACHER SUPPORT TEAM: Technicians from Erlbacher Gear (these are the guys that build our machines) will be on site to tweak your knitter or provide any repairs / upgrades while you’re here. This service will be provided from 8am – 4pm, Thursday through Saturday. We will have a small workshop set up on the Main Event floor. Our Technicians will not be able to work on antique machines or other brands of knitters, however, Pete Oswald will be on hand to provide guidance for repairs to these machines if the need arises.



WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL!