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This Year's 56th Annual Convention
Ruidoso, NM

JUNE 19 - JUNE 24

Once a year the ANS, Ltd. has a National Convention the last week in June or the first week of July. In order to give all of our members the opportunity to attend, we rotate the convention sites around the country. RUIDOSO, NM has been chosen as the site for the 2016 convention.

Why do we have a convention? For fun, camaraderie and to share the joy our Navions bring us. For those of you who could not join us, we've included a few pictures from the week and hope you will be in the pictures from next year's convention to be held in RUIDOSO, NM, JUNE 19-24.



The registration desk will be open in the Ruidoso Mt. Inn from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (with a lunch break about 12:00) on Sunday.  At 6:00 the welcoming pizza party will be held at the Two Rivers Park and a map to that location will be in your packet.  This pizza party is traditionally sponsored by the regional chapters and the ANS.


Monday morning we’ll head over to K Bob’s Steak House for our Welcoming breakfast and once again witness our VP Jim Waldron roast our own Woody Woodfin.    All of the activities, additions or changes to the week’s scheduled will be discussed at this time.  After breakfast the rest of the day has been set aside to visit the nearby casino or Ruidoso Downs to test your luck with the ponies.  The Hubbard Museum of the American West is only a few miles from the hotel.  If you are a Voting member, there’s a Voting members’ meeting and luncheon again at K Bob’s at 1:30 which will be followed by the Board of Directors’ meeting.  All members are invited to attend the Board meeting.


The pilots’ briefing for the speed contest will be at 8:00 at the airport.  That evening we have reservations at the Flying J for a dinner and program.  The dinner will be “chuck wagon style” featuring tender brisket (Authentic? Yes, beef was never in short supply, but Cowboys had to be careful about eating their profits), BBQ grilled chicken (Authentic?  No, there weren’t any chickens on the trail), Cowboy beans (Authentic? Yes, a typical chuck wagon had up to a 500 pound supply of beans), Potato (Authentic? Yes, a chuck wagon carried as much as 500 pounds of potatoes), Chunky apple sauce (Authentic? No, but the cook did keep dried fruit on hand for a special dessert), Biscuit (Authentic? Yes chuck wagons carried 500 pounds of flour, 50 pounds of salt, 50 pounds of sour dough starter & 50 pounds of baking powder specifically for biscuits), Spiced cake (Authentic? Kind of. Occasionally the cook would bake up a cake but it didn’t have eggs, butter & powdered sugar on top), Coffee, Tea and Lemonade (Cowboys liked their coffee strong & they drank it black.  No cowboy drank tea and there was no ice fore lemonade).  The program will feature amazing harmonies, world champion yodeling, great comedy, fantastic fiddling, banjo playing and guitar picking.


Our luxury coach will pick us up at the hotel at 8:30 am and we will proceed along the Billy the Kid Scenic Highway to visit Fort Stanton which was built in 1855 to protect settlers from Native American invasions. It became the first US hospital that specialized in  treating tuberculosis in 1899.  Later, Japanese and German prisoners were interned here during World War II.  We will be met by our own personal guide to expand on the Fort’s history and to answer our questions.

Lincoln is the next stop.  We’ll view a 20 minute video and have some time to explore on our own.  The whole town is part of an historic district, preserving 17 buildings from the 1800s. Including the infamous Old Lincoln Courthouse, where Billy the Kid was jailed until he escaped.  There are 4-6 museums to visit, depending on the time. Lunch will be in the Lincoln Park.

Our last stop will be the Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery.  Since April, May and June are the months for the iris to bloom, hopefully the gardens will be a profusion of color.  In addition to iris, the summer months are when lilies, poppies, wild flowers and other native plants are in full bloom.  The farm tour takes about an hour and then we will take a tour of the gallery and see how the pewter jewelry items are made.  The gallery also features artwork, textiles, clothing and ceramics.

We plan to arrive back at the hotel before 5:00 - plenty of time to freshen up, grab a bite to eat and head on over to the Inn of the Mountain Gods for the “Laugh Out Loud” Comedy Show.


After the morning Efficiency Contest, we have scheduled a tour and lunch at the Spencer Theater. Which has won awards for it’s unique architecture and features several Chihuly glass installations. 

The Hubbard Museum of the American West will provide a docent for a tour of New Mexico’s first Smithsonian affiliate museum.  We will sign up for this tour at check in.


The Proficiency Contest will start off the morning.  That afternoon will offer a tech session and the convention will close with the annual awards dinner.

Be sure to get your reservations in by May 27.  We cannot guaranty a room after that date.

Sierra Blanca Airport and the Ruidoso Mountain Inn will be our base for the week. Both facilities are eagerly waiting for our arrival. The welcome mat is also waiting in Roswell for us to check for UFO sitings and K-Bob's is offering a nice choice for our welcoming breakfast and awards dinner. Be sure to save June 19-24.

Those of you in the West need to be sure to attend. Numbers are what determine the location for these conventions. We had 50 Navions arrive in Fredericksburg last year. Let's see if we can't get 60 to Ruidoso.





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