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APIC Convention Attracts Hundreds To Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - People were busy Wednesday night unpacking political memorabilia outside the Hyatt.

"We came for the convention," said Marlys Davis, from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

American Political Items Collectors like everything from campaign buttons and banners to t-shirts. There's even a replica of the president's desk you can sit behind. And all week you can buy, sell or just admire to your heart's content.

Collectors are coming from across the country.And they chose buffalo as the backdrop for their national convention because...

"...of its rich political and presidential history," said Bren Price, co-chairman of the convention.

Presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland were residents. William McKinnley was assainated here and Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president at a Buffalo home, now a museum downtown.

And former first lady Frances Folsom-Cleveland called Buffalo home too.

"I actually have a beautiful and in good condition button of Frances Cleveland," said Pamela Boehr, a collector from California.

Boehr even got to meet the president's grandson. Yes, because of the vast age differences in the family George Cleveland can call Grover grandpa.

"People have to tell you, you look so much like him!" 2 On Your Side's Josh Boose told Cleveland.

"And my usual response to that is as long as we keep it from the neck up," said Cleveland.

Yes, Grandpa Grover was bigger.

But political connections aside;

"The other nice thing about Buffalo is they want us to be here," said Jack Dixey, a collector from Ohio.

That could be because the Buffalo-Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau says when you add up the hotel rooms, dinners and day trips, this event will bring in about $325,000.

But what you can't put a price on is what these people say when they get home about a place some didn't know too much about when they got here.

"Many people have said, let's do this again," said Price. "They want to come to Buffalo. Even after a couple of days."

The convention officially opens to the public Thursday morning and wraps up Saturday. Click here for a complete schedule of this week's events.





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