Tennessee Valley Fair Robo-Rodeo Sept 8-17, 2017

Dear FIRST Family,
Save the date! We want you all to come participate in the first annual Tennessee Valley Fair Robo-Rodeo September 8-17, 2017.
The Robo-Rode will include LEGO Sumo competitions, Workshops, and a FIRST Robotics Steamworks Competition.

Preliminary information
Dates: Sept. 8-17, 2017
Venue: Jacobs Building at the Tennessee Valley Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Tennessee.

LEGO Sumo divisions

~14 years and younger division~

Date: Saturday Sept. 9th
Cost: $25 per robot
Includes: 5 free fair admission passes

~15 years and older division~

Date: Sunday Sept. 10th
Cost: $25 per robot
Includes: 5 free fair admission passes


Dates: September 11-14
Topics & Times: TBA

FIRST Robotics Steamworks (24 team limit)

Date: Saturday and Sunday Sept 16-17, 2017 (load-in + fun activities will be Friday Sept 15) - Saturday: Qualifications; Sunday: Qualification, Finals & Awards.
Cost: $350 for 1 robot $500 for 2 robots (if received by August 15th) ($400/$550 if received after August 15th)
Includes: 10 free Fair admission passes for each day (30 total)

More information will be sent out soon, as well as a link for registration! For now, save the date on your calendars and if you have any questions please contact your FIRST Senior Mentor, Sydney Buckner at [email protected] or Chairman of Team Development and Sustainability, Mark Buckner at [email protected].
Happy Off-Season!

A tentative yes for 1466. We should be there. Looks like fun!

Perhaps I’m not reading this right, but does this mean that the people with the attending team (students, mentors, chaperones) are limited to 10?

In other words, any people above 10 will have to purchase tickets for the Fair for all three days?

At $10 a head + $10 a day for parking this event could get pricey…

  • Sunny G.

Who is hosting this event? TNFIRST or 4265?

There is no limit on the amount of people you bring. The Fair is giving each team 30 one day tickets to use however they please.

As for you question, TVA and the Tennessee Valley Fair are sponsoring the event with the help and support of local area teams

So if my team were to bring 30 people to the event, all 30 people could enter the venue, free of charge, all three days?

  • Sunny G.

If I’m taking all the info presented right, it seems like they’re giving everyone 30 passes that only work for one day. So you’d be on your own for passes on other days if you use all 30 on the first day.

Here is a 2017 Robo-Rodeo UPDATE!

  • The late fee has been lifted and the final registration deadline is September 7th
  • As part of the registration fee all each team will receive 3 Day Fair Passes for all “registered” team members & coaches/mentors + an additional 20 3 Day Passes for “friends & family”
  • There will be event t-shirts available but they must be pre-ordered – details will be in an information packet each team will receive after registering

We will need volunteers to help set-up the filed on Friday Sept 8th and tear-down after the award ceremonies Sunday Sept16

We are also looking for create ideas for matches after load-in on Friday Sept 8th — some early suggestions include: barrel racing around the airships, “tractor pull”, mentor match, lights-out match, sack racing, drag racing, head-to-head dueling gear delivery … What are your thoughts?

This is significantly better; thanks for making this work for teams that may attend.

  • Sunny G.

3959 would love to attend. I’m filling out the paperwork this morning.

Sorry for the late notice. We just had our first organizational meeting of the year last night.

There’s still time to register! Come be part of this unique off-season event!

Here is the schedule!
**Friday - September 8th
**12:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Pits and Field Set-Up

Friday - September 15th
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Pits and Field Set-Up
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Team Load In and Pit Set Up, Radio Programming
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Fun matches

Saturday - September 16th
8:00 AM Late Team Load In
9:00 AM Pits Open
10:00 AM Practice Matches
10:45 AM Opening Ceremony
11:00 AM Qualification Matches Begin
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Matches Resume
6:00 PM Qualification Matches End
7:00 PM Pits close

Sunday September 17th
1:00 PM Pits Open
1:30 PM Alliance Selection
2:30 PM Playoffs
5:30 PM Awards Ceremony & Closing
6:30 PM Load-out, Field / Pits Dis-Assembled and Packed

Registration: http://tnvalleyfair.org/assets/robo-rodeo-application-form-2017-updated.pdf