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RAGSfest 2017

An annual gathering of Art Glass Retailers for education, inspiration and recreation.

For more information on how YOU can attend next year's RAGSfest contact:

Margie Bolton, President,  (701) 837-8555

Jesse Baines, Vice-President  (contact info pending)

History of RAGSfest

In August 2003, an historic event took place in Asheville, NC. An educational conference was held that offered a wide array of affordable classes, roundtable discussions, and social dinners. Hosted by Gary Newlin of A Touch of Glass, this was the first ever event of it's kind. Gary arranged for teachers, accommodations, restaurants, site seeing tours, travel, and scheduled everything for almost two weeks of education, cleverly disguised as fun.

What made this event unique? Only the owners of retail stained glass stores could take advantage of the opportunity. Aimed at teaching the teacher to add diversity to the class schedule and increase the bottom line, the event was conceptualized, organized, and achieved by Gary Newlin and other volunteers from Retailers of Art Glass and Supplies (RAGS), a not for profit organization for stained glass retailers.

RAGSfest 2017

Ragsfest 2017 will run from June 21 - June 27, 2017.  

Watch your email for further information!

Something new is happening in 2018!  Details will be announced this year at RAGSfest!