National Insulator Association
49th Annual Convention
June 22-24, 2018

General Show Information

The Missouri Valley Insulator Club, Margaret & Darryl invite you to again, join us in Kansas City for the 49th Annual National Insulator Association’s Convention & Show.  The show will be held in a 35,000 square foot area of the KCI Expo Center.  There will be 175+ dealer tables and 35+ display tables. 

Holiday Inn KCI Airport is located at 11728 NW Ambassador Dr., next to the KCI Expo Center. A special convention room rate of $120 per day will apply from June 15th to June 29th (if rooms are available in block). This will allow you additional time to enjoy what the Kansas City area has to offer. The room block for the convention will be 100 rooms Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a smaller number before and after. For reservations, call 1-866-617-6369 or use the following link: Insulators Mention "National Insulator Association Block" for our block rate. Please be aware: The hotel is undergoing some room renovations, so if you have any issues, call 816-801-8400, M-F 8-5 and ask for Jennifer Jarett and identify yourself as being with the National Insulator block. Reservations made after 5/20/2018 12:00:00 am are accepted based on room type and group rate availability. Link for additional details.

Besides our regular raffles that we will have at the show, we have a very special fund-raising raffle that will be available to everyone, not just show attendees. It is for a king size quilt, 102" x 102". The blocks are machine pieced, but the quilt itself is hand-quilted. Link for more information. It has the NIA, ICON, the current insulator club logos and several other older logos and patches. The drawing will take place at 11:30 am on Sunday June 24th. We hope to have the drawing done "live" on Facebook. The winner will not have to be present and if the winner is not at the show, the quilt will either be delivered or mailed insured, depending upon location and/or the availability of a direct delivery option. For ticket information follow this link. Contact Darryl Wagner at or 816-719-0801, with any questions.

There will be a pre-convention tour offered that will take attendees to the Steamboat Arabia, riding the KC Streetcar System, Lunch at Union Station and a tour of the National WWI Museum & Memorial. Private tours at the Steamboat Arabia and National WWI Museum & Memorial. Transportation & lunch included. Link to forms below.

By popular request, we will again be having a National Art Show & Contest. If you have found some artistic inspiration in the insulator hobby, come display it. This is for NIA members, your original artwork, related to the insulator hobby in some way, recent work, with no part having been preciously exhibited at a National. See Contest information & Entry Form below.

We will be having a “Family Night” event at the Wagner residence.  A ticket to this event will get you transportation to & from our residence, grill style cookout, seminar and a private professional fireworks display.  Attendees from the last 2012 National can attest, that this will be a display that you will not soon forget.  Since this will be an offsite event that will include some “non-insulator” related activity, this will be a privately funded event.  We will be looking for additional donations to help fund this event.  Any overage raised will be donated to help fund the National itself.

Kansas City and the surrounding area, has much to offer you and your family, if you choose to spend some extra time in our area.  For more information, please visit   You will find a variety of Kansas City BBQ, multiple water and amusement parks, casinos, museums, jazz & art districts and much more.  We also now have a street car system in the downtown area.



Show Hosts:  Darryl & Margaret Wagner

Show Location:  KCI Expo Center
                             11730 NW Ambassador Dr.
                             Kansas City, MO 64153
                             KCI Expo Center link

Hotel (immediatly adjacent to the hall)

Hotel Location:  Holiday Inn KCI
                            11728 NW Ambassador Dr.
                             Kansas City, MO 64153
                             (866)-617-6369 "National Insulator Assn. Block"
                             Hotel Link Group code "NIS" is pre-entered!



Darryl & Margaret Wagner
    PO Box 1135
    Smithville, MO 64089


Show information and form links:

Schedule of Events

  • Thursday, June 21st

    7:30 am to 8:30 am          NIA Board of Directors Breakfast                           Burger Theory Restaurant
    8:30 am to 5:00 pm         NIA Board meeting                                                  Pershing Room
    5:00 pm to 9:00 pm         Dealer unloading only Exhibitor set-up                      Exhibition Hall B
    4:00 pm to 10:00 pm       Hospitality/Refreshments                                          TBD
    8:15 am to 5:45 pm         KC Arabia, Streetcar, Union Station & WW1 Memorial Tour  

    Friday, June 22nd

    7:00 am to 9:00 am               Dealer/Displayer unloading & set-up                    Exhibition Hall B
    9:00 am                                Show Opens – NIA Members only                   Exhibition Hall B
    11:30 am                              Raffle                                                                  Exhibition Hall B
    3:00 pm                                Raffle                                                                  Exhibition Hall B
    4:00 pm                                Show Closes                                                       Exhibition Hall B
    4:15 pm to 5:15 pm              NIA General Membership meeting                       Ambassador Room
    5:15 pm to 7:15 pm              Display Judging                                                    Exhibition Hall B
    6:15 pm to 11:00 pm            Family Night/Cookout, Seminar & Fireworks       Wagner Residence
    6:00 pm                                First pick up for Family Night                              Front of Expo Hall
    6:30 pm                                Second pick up for Family Night                         Front of Expo Hall

    Saturday, June 23rd

    8:00 am to 9:00 am               Dealer Set-up                                                      Exhibition Hall B
    9:00 am                                Show Opens – General Admission                       Exhibition Hall B
    11:30 am                              Raffle                                                                  Exhibition Hall B
    3:00 pm                                Raffle                                                                  Exhibition Hall B
    4:00 pm                                Show Closes                                                       Exhibition Hall B
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm              Reception – Cash Bar                                          Ambassador Room
    6:30 pm to 9:30 pm              Awards Banquet                                                  Ambassador Room

    Sunday, June 24th

    8:00 am to 8:30 am              Sunday Devotion                                                  Salon A
    8:00 am to 9:00 am              Dealers only                                                         Exhibition Hall B
    9:00 am                                Show Opens – General Admission                       Exhibition Hall B
    11:00 am                              Raffle                                                                  Exhibition Hall B
    11:30 am                              Quilt Raffle                                                          Exhibition Hall B
    1:30 pm                                Show Closes                                                       Exhibition Hall B
    1:30 pm to 4:00 pm              Dealer & Displayer teardown                               Exhibition Hall B




Floor Plan for 49th NIA Show

Below is the anticipated layout of the show hall.  The front 8 sections will be the initial sections filled.  At 95% occupancy of these areas, an additional section of 18 tables will be made available.  Display tables will also be filled from the front of the hall first.

Dealer section’s are in the center of the hall.  Tables are marked with their section & table number.  Display tables are along 3 of the outer walls and are marked D-(table#).  Display tables will be assigned by the Display coordinator so as to vary the different displays.       


       To reserve table(s) and verify availability, contact Darryl Wagner at or call 816-719-0801. 



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