Just got back from my very first Congress! It was wonderful...I was there for the cutting and reining, which was great. The shopping was fantastic and the crowds non-existant. Because it was a quiet time compared to later in the show I actually won a pair of Nacona boots from Pard's in their draw! My friend and I stayed in Polaris and the Comfort Inn was inpectably clean with a nice hot breakfast everyday. After we were done with the show, there was enough shoppping in Polaris to keep us very busy. Polaris was great for the number of wonderful restaurants as well. We were thrilled with our experience with all the friendly people we met at the show. I must say if you buy things at the shops, they are more than willing to take you and your purchaes back to your car. I can't wait til next year....I will go for the first weekend again!