The Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers will host DownEastCon 2018 on July 14 at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center, 201 Tourist Center Drive in Havelock.
The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. show has a theme — “The United States Marines.”
The event is still accepting sponsors. Call Jay Roig at 349-3741.
Admission for modelers is $10 for adults, age 18 and over, unlimited entries and spouses are free. It is free for juniors under age 18 with a model entry. General admission is $5 or $10 for a family pass of three or more people.
Vendors will be on hand and there will be a raffle along with a silent auction.
The first raffle is at 11 a.m., with registration closing and judges meeting at 12:30 p.m. A second raffle and judging is at 1 p.m. The silent auction bids close at 3 p.m., and the final raffle drawing is slated. An awards ceremony is set for 4 p.m.
The Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers is an established local group, beginning at Cherry Point in September of 1992.
The club consisted of both military and civilian members. Because of visitor pass requirements, the club meetings were moved off base to the United Methodist Church in Havelock.
With hopes of increasing membership, the club moved a new site to New Bern and it has been holding monthly meetings at Garber United Methodist Church since.
According to member Jay Roig, “membership has fluctuated over the years due to military reassignments, job retirements and just plain old age.”
The club now has a dozen active members, including original member Mark Dice, along with Andy Fulcher, who joined in 1995.
Fulcher co-chairs the president position with John Ratzenberger, who is from the northern-most part of Dare County on the Outer Banks. Membership areas include Craven, Onslow, Carteret and Pamlico counties.
The club is a chapter of the USA Branch of the International Plastic Modelers Society and a chapter of the Armor Modeling & Preservation Society.
Roig said the public will enjoy the precision of the replicas and probably get some history lessons from the modelers, who spend countless hours doing research to perfect their pieces.
He said the contest remains open for any model builder, with entries including any type, subject or scale.
Vendors will have new and out-of-production hobby kits, tools, supplies and references for research.
“We hope that after this event, we will have picked up some new members, especially military members,” he said.
Roig noted that events such as this are expensive to host, especially for small clubs such as the ECPM, so additional sponsors are welcome.
Current sponsors include Trent Cadillac-Buick-GMC, Fisher Stores and Havelock VFW Post 7315.
For information online, go to ecpmod.com.
Also call John Ratzenberger at 573-9016 or 480-0752, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also contact Andy Fulcher at 726-9138 or 725-5921, or email email@example.com.