|I just went to the 2006 expo yesterday and had a wonderful time! They have a new building called the ShowPlex that houses most of the vendors, fashion shows, and classes, but there were also vendors in the lower level of the Pavillion too (and I think a few events upstairs in the Pavillion). Even tho the weather was beautiful in Washington yesterday, it was still nice to not have to trop all over the fairgrounds to see all the vendors and go to classes.
All in all, I had a wonderful time. I took four classes which were okay (well the learning to smock one with Martha Pullen was excellent ~ she's a hoot and I highly recommend taking anything she teaches!). Some instructions aren't too lively so I think it can be hit or miss, but I learned a few things in each class so I suppose it was worth my $3 fee and 45 minutes of my time (plus it was a much needed break for my tired feet!).
As usual there were vendors galore with just about anything related to sewing that you could imagine available to buy (fabric, patterns, books, notion, machines, etc). I highly recommend going if you live in driving distance. The price of admission was $8 and the parking is free. The vendors at the booths are so willing to talk to you about their product and help you in any way they can. My only qualm is that the food is way over priced (typical for this type of event), so I recommend packing your own lunch from home.
This is my third year attending and I definitely give it three stars!