Monday, April 29, 2013

FDIC 2013

For months now four letters have been uttered in this house on an almost daily basis.


374 has been BEGGING to go since FDIC 2012. We were not able to go in 2012, even though it's only a two and a half hour drive from us. He swore we would make it this year - and we did.

The end of February he started a job with a new employer, leaving him with no vacation time. We wouldn't have been able to make it down before all the festivities were over for Friday, so we decided to just drive down early Saturday morning.

We left at the crack of dawn. Getting me out of bed that early is a feat. I hope he knows just how much I love him. It was EARLY. We got down there just before the exhibits opened, and spent all day making our way through each and every booth.

The kids spent a lot of time checking out all the different trucks and engines. We spent a considerable amount of time talking to the great people in the Black Diamond booth. 374 is sold on their boots. I'm hoping to be able to surprise him with a pair by Christmas.

We also made a special stop at the MN8-Foxfire booth to visit Zach and his crew. The kids were decked out in Foxfire shirts that Zach had given them previously on our trip to the office. They enjoyed a trip through the trailer with Willie Wines from Wooden Ladders and Iron Firemen Blog. Zach snapped a picture of the kids with his son - all three were wearing the infamous shirts. I got to say a quick hello, and update him on our t-shirt sales before he had to get back to work. His booth was the most busy booth by far Saturday. At one point I couldn't even make my way through the people to walk up and see what he had for sale! If you aren't familiar with his illuminating products, check them out. 374 LOVES his helmet band and tets. I'm not sure love is even the right word! He picked up a couple illuminating FDIC 2013 tets for his helmet, and his buddy's.

One of our last stops was at the Black Helmet Apparel booth. 374 picked up one of their new Fire 3D Flex Fit Caps in Charcoal on Black. This is his first hat from Black Helmet. I'm going to give him some time to break it in, and then you will see a review on that in a few weeks/month.

We had a great day. The only thing we'd do differently will do differently next year is make it a two or three day trip next time. Even though we walked in the doors as they opened Saturday, we still felt rushed for time to make it through all the exhibitors. We also would like to see things like the stair climb and other events that take place during the week.  I'll also remember to put the SD card in my camera so I can take a FEW more pictures than I was able to squeeze on my internal memory of the camera. Talk about a buzz kill.

Here's a few pics that I did manage to get Saturday.

We spent a good amount of time in the Braun booth. 374 showed the kids his handiwork on the ambulances they brought down to show.

374's handiwork up close...

The kids posing with an ambulance from 374's plant. See, Sassy gets her name naturally!

Bubby in the driver's seat of another Braun ambulance.


  1. Love your review of the event. Much more family-friendly than some of the other reviews/posts I've seen.


    1. Thanks! My kids blew me away. Not one whine, not one complaint. They were dog tired by the end of the afternoon, but they loved every second of it. Every booth we walked up to made a conscious effort to include them. They got so many hats, pens, cups, samples, and candies. Sassy is five and Bubby is two weeks shy of eight - I think this was the best timing for their first trip. They, along with 374 are already planning next year's visit. I think we are bringing a sitter so we can mingle after the day time events!

  2. So THAT's what FDIC is all about!! Mine never mentioned it before all this and so I didn't even know it existed. Very cool that your hubby's finished product was shown there! Kudos to him.

    1. I found out about FDIC in 2011. My husband had only been on the department a few months. It didn't fit into our schedule last year. He begged to go this year. I couldn't say no, lol. I'm actually even looking forward to going back next year. You meet so many awesome people, it's great!

  3. How fun! We missed this year. We've never taken our daughter yet, but maybe next year. Thanks for sharing!

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