Some people have noticed that this year FAIR and Sunstone are running conferences on overlapping dates. We’ve received a few queries about that, asking if we did it on purpose. (Cue maniacally evil laugh: Buu-WAH-hah-hah-hah-hah!)
However the truth is sadly free of conspiracy. It was simply circumstances of the calendar.
The FAIR conference has run every year (for 10 years now) on the first Thursday and Friday in August in order to avoid overlapping Sunstone, which usually runs the second week in August, and BYU Education Week, which runs the third week in August.
This year August 1st is on a Friday. Rather than have our first day in July, we chose August 7 and 8. The decision was made last year in late August or early September, long before the dates for Sunstone had been announced.
Technically, it’s Sunstone who’s out of their regular schedule — if they stuck with their second-week-in-August schedule, they should be running August 13 to 16. Education Week isn’t until August 18 to 22. But these things just happen sometimes: It’s quite possible Sunstone wasn’t able to get their hotel on August 13–16. Or perhaps they looked at the calendar and said “the second week in August is the 6th through the 9th.”
So if you’re torn, note that you can go to Sunstone on Wednesday and Saturday, and attend FAIR on Thursday and Friday!