I would say that you can't get into the hall without a conference pass/badge. There have always been guards checking for them. However, I will say that paying the registration fee is worth all the goodies you can get in the hall! Plus depending on your status (teaching, retired, guest) you may not have to pay the whole registration fee, which is about 130 bucks for a current teacher, they have discounts depending on status.
--- In email@example.com, MARYANN KOHL <maryann@...> wrote:
> Does anyone know if I can just get in to the exhibit hall but not
> actually register for the convention? I'd like to browse the exhibits.
> I live about 1.5 hours drive from Seattle so just a couple hours in
> the exhibits would do it and then home again. I wrote to NAEA but
> haven't heard back yet. Wish I had time for the convention!
> Next question: I haven't been to an NAEA convention before. How is the
> exhibit hall -- are there good companies displaying and selling?
> Thank you for your observations and thoughts!
> PS If I can answer any questions about Seattle for you,
> just let me know!