Can you go into any more detail about the “hobnob”?
I got there late last year, but as I recall, there was a speaker, the local club had some awards and there was the “pretty stone” contest”.
As for getting there earlier for the talks and panel discussion, that is a problem. Too many shows to see and quite a few only go through Sunday. I do wish the USFG events were the following week. Will plan on the dinner event though.