General Convention Information
May 9th-10th, 2014
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex
2300 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Exit 67 off Interstate 81
Friday and Saturday – 8 am to 5 pm – Convention open to paid attendees
Friday evening CHAP Graduation Ceremony – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm- graduation is open to the public
Click here to view the 2014 CHAP CONVENTION prices.
Farm Show Complex Information:
No food or drink may be brought into the Farm Show building by order of the Farm Show. You are welcome to go to your car to eat a sack lunch but please be above reproach and respect the rules of the facility. This is not CHAP’s rule but the Farm Show’s policy. The Farm Show has several ATM machines inside the complex buildings and also a drive-up machine outside the Cameron Street Lobby. Please consult your complex map for exact location denoted “$.” The emergency phone number for the Farm Show Complex during the hours of the convention is 717-783-2815. Here is a printable version of the Farm Show Map (189k, PDF format).
Parking is available on site for $8 per vehicle. This parking fee is the Farm Show’s policy and a requirement.
If the main lot becomes full, overflow parking will be available off-site for $8 per vehicle in the parking lot at the corner of Elmerton Avenue and Sycamore Drive (watch for signs off I-81 and Cameron Street) and includes shuttle bus service to the Farm Show Complex.
This map shows the various areas of parking for the 2014 CHAP Convention. Please note the map key in the lower right quadrant. Attendees must enter from the Wildwood/Industrial Road entrance to the Farm Show Complex.
If you are handicapped, please have your handicapped placard visible to be routed to the handicapped parking area. If you have a temporary medical situation and don’t have a handicapped placard, your driver can drop you in the vicinity of the Convention Entrance and then the driver can park the car in the regular parking lot.
Look for the white CHAP Convention banner and the large white tent at the entrance.
This year for your convenience we have secured blocks of rooms at various local hotels that awarded us reduced rates. Here are a few options for you to choose from:
1. Visit www.hersheyharrisburghotels.com and click on “CHAP CONVENTION RESERVATIONS” on the left hand side. This will allow you to do a search for your specific dates and needs.
2. Visit the link below for the special CHAP rates starting at $122 at the Staybridge Suites located right next to the Farm Show Complex. Each suite has a kitchenette and the hotel offers a free, hot breakfast. https://m.ihg.com/hotels/staybridge/us/en/redirectedhoteldetail/mdtcs?numberOfAdults=1&groupCode=CAB&hotelCode=MDTCS&_IATAno=99801505&redirect=true
3. Visit the link below for the special CHAP rate of $73 for ANY room at the Comfort Inn in New Cumberland. The hotel offers a free, hot breakfast. http://www.comfortinn.com/ires/en-US/html/ArrivalInfo?hotel=PA337&srp=LCHAP&pu=no
The Farm Show concessionaire will have a variety of food available in a Food Court – everything from a cafeteria line with multiple choices to fast food stands for a quick bite to eat. All Farm Show Concessions are CASH ONLY! ATM’s are located inside the building for your convenience.
If you lose your wristband there will be a $3 handling fee to replace it. Go to the Special Registration Area for assistance. Wristbands are nontransferable.
The convention is designed for parents to examine and purchase curriculum and attend seminars and workshops for encouragement, inspiration, and education. Child care is not provided. Children must be supervised at all times by a parent. Since seminars and workshops are being recorded, we would like to provide quality recordings without extraneous sounds. Children may attend seminar sessions—with a parent—as long as they are quiet. We would suggest sitting on an aisle, near an exit, in order to leave quickly if the child becomes noisy.
Nursing Mothers’ Room
Facilities will be available for nursing mothers, but baby-care products are not provided. Only very young children may accompany their mothers into the Nursing Mothers’ Room, located in the Vendor Hall.
Strollers and small wheeled items for your shopping convenience are permitted. Wagons, large carts, large suitcases, roller shoes, skate boards, bicycles, etc. are NOT permitted due to space constraints and for the safety of other attendees.
No solicitation or distribution of material, polling, or interviewing is permitted at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex indoors or in the parking area during the CHAP Homeschool Convention. Violators will be prosecuted and asked to leave the Convention.
Visiting Legislators, Candidates, and Public Officials:
These public servants are invited to attend the CHAP Convention as our guests. CHAP does not endorse any candidates for office but instead uses their attendance at the CHAP Convention to acquaint them with home education as a successful, proven educational choice. Feel free to introduce yourselves to them and ask them questions! Candidates are not authorized to make the CHAP Convention a time for general solicitations or distributing campaign material. In the context of a personal conversation, they may hand out business cards or other small cards indicating where an interested person could obtain more information or campaign material.