So the BrickFair event is five days long, but for the first three days it is just for those who sign up to be part of the whole thing. People who just want to come and see all the Lego creations arrive as "The Public" during the weekend. So for three days there is lots of set up going on and events and talks all related to, you guessed it, Lego.
But come the weekend, thousands of people pour through to see all the Lego and buy things from the vendors. This year I didn't have the time to take a lot of photos of all the constructions, but I took a few macro shots of some to show the level of detail put into otherwise giant Lego builds.
A couple things were so big that I did have to take a quick photo
So, while I did not have a contraption entered myself, I was part of The Great Ball Contraption (GBC) table. I helped mostly with it when it was up and running during public hours to keep all the hundreds of little balls going around when they got stuck or popped out of a contraption. Essentially each participant builds a little module that has a bin that catches the balls, something that moves the balls along, and then a way of spitting them out into the capture bin of the next contraption. In this way a pile of people who have never seen each others creations can all show up and just align them one after another in a big rectangle and the balls will, in theory, just keep making a continuous loop. In reality since every part must be Lego, they can and do fail after hours and hours of continuous running (a total of 13 hours for the event).
During public hours, it is mayhem to try and keep every machine running, but there are a lot of folks helping out and many of the machines worked flawlessly.
And that's it for BrickFair Virginia 2017. Much fun was had and look for another blog post next year on the 2018 event!
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist