Tampa Fla.— Brickworld Tampa, a convention of LEGO creations, held a 2-day event at the Florida State Fairgrounds throughout the weekend of November 19.
Brickworld is a convention of LEGO creations brought to cities around the United States to be put on display by their creators.
“The whole reason we started Brickworld was education and inspiration” Bryan Bonahoom, the execute director of Brickworld, said.
Bonahoom has been a part of the convention for 10 years. Other than providing a way for fans to experience creating, Brickworld is also involved in the community through holding auctions and donating money to multiple charities.
“We typically raise about $25,000 on this Friday night event each year at our show in Chicago,” Bonahoom said.
A few of the charities they donate to include FIRST LEGO League, The Riley Children’s Hospital, Creations for Charity and Make-a-Wish.
Hundreds of creations were on display for the community to visit, and shops were set up throughout the convention selling LEGOs to build. One of the more popular displays this year was a 26-foot-long model of the USS Missouri WWII battleship.
Vera Anjo, a retired teacher, believes that building these creations is a way to keep her sharp and allows her to interact with people.
“Life is never static,” Anjo said.
Edited by: Samantha Nieto