Ron, I've met you a couple of times at TD. For me, it isn't a mandatory requirement to go even though I like the atmosphere. Personally, I go because I want to put my hands on gear put out by cottage manufacturers which otherwise I could only see online. Seeing your stuff at TD led me to purchase several items from you and also to declare quite loudly that I think your finishing features are the best on the market. Consequently, in recent years TD has been taken over by hammock vendors and many UL vendors haven't been making an appearance. Nothing against hammockers, but when GG and BPL don't show up, it leaves MLD sitting across from SMD which only allows a small window for loitering as I've seen everything else. BPL was on the list last year and apparently backed out at the last minute. GG said they'd probably go this year, but their plate is always full. Zpacks is now in FL and likely won't make it, so that pretty much leaves MLD, SMD, and Anti-Gravity Gear to fight off Appy Trails, the hammockers, MacCat, and AMK.
I haven't decided whether to go this year, but it's always a consideration. Knowing less and less UL vendors are willing to make an appearance ensures I won't come as often either. Last year it was also so hot and muggy that it made me think twice about going this year merely for a casual walk through.