JohnWR, you are actually confirming exactly what I am saying. You feel your next event will be better, easier for you to promote, you know the ropes. Lexington knows who you are and most likely will be more willing to work with you.
As to major charities, they bring larger sponsors with them. You don't have do the work to get them there.
I have been talking to everyone I know that has a Kappa about Colorado, I get maybe, but that is far away. I think you mentioned that California has over 5000 Kappas registered (not sure). Location of what I feel is a close event seems to be to far.
I can site two other similar Nationals that I was involved with.
NMA, National Minicycle Association (originally then became National Motosports Association)
They had their National at different places in the Midwest, Springfield, Missouri, Houston, Texas, Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. They then moved it to a permanent location in Ponca City Oklahoma. The event grew quite rapidly, going from a 200 entry level to over 2000 in the final years.
AMA Amateur Motocross National Champion Ships. They learned from the NMA and located their National at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
I believe both ran for close to 20 years. AMA's lease ended with Loretta Lynn, and NMA main partner passed away
CVA (Crown Victoria Convention). It still does the traveling city deal, has since its inception I think, but normally, in a 500 mile circle of Ohio. Same people run the event year after year. It is not involved with a charity, or at least wasn't while I was active in the Club.
The three that I have mentioned are for profit organizations
FJ Cruiser Summit is non profit. But their directors/employees are paid.
I think hopping all over makes it tougher for the sponsors. One location, they know the cost, they can budget for it, how long it takes to get there, expected number of people that should be there to buy their product.
It seems you have made the commitment John, and I think that is fantastic. I suggest you get 5 like minded people and run with the ball. We are not being bombarded by other groups that want to do it, or could do it. I would like to see you and Sooner take it on. You both did great jobs, and I am sure Rob will have a great event.
Diehards is what you need. It is a lot of work, I know. But starting over every year is so much harder.