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17th Annual MECA Freezefest

LEBANON, TN (02.14.2017) – The 17th Annual Freezefest event took place over the weekend of February 11th and 12th, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Saturday featured judges training and extensive listening sessions, in-studio and in-vehicle. Attending a Nashville Symphony Concert capped a very full Saturday. The Freezefest event took place at the Lebanon County Fairgrounds through the day Sunday.

LEFT: Steve Stern in the recoding session in the OmegaLab Solar Powered studio. RIGHT: The was a strong competitor turnout for the 17th Annual MECA Freezefest. Via @mecacaraudio

LEFT: Steve Stern in the recoding session in the OmegaLab Solar Powered studio.
RIGHT: The was a strong competitor turnout for the 17th Annual MECA Freezefest. Via @mecacaraudio

MECA Commish Steve Stern related to 12voltnews.com, “We had an absolutely fantastic weekend. The judges trainings and listening sessions on Saturday captured everyone’s attention through the day. Then to have great seats for the Nashville Symphony brought the terrific day to a close. On Sunday we judged 111 vehicles with 180 score sheets. Got home at 11:30 Sunday night and after 2 very hectic days I was really fried! But extremely happy with all aspects of the weekend.”

The Freezefest was in conjunction with Lebanon retailer JNR Electronics. The company, headed by Randy Little, is the oldest MECA retail member at 19 years. SPL. SQL and Show-N-Shine competitions were featured Sunday. Mechman’s Matt Young brought the Hearse from Knoxville and talked with competitors about the importance of a strong power source for competing successfully.

LEFT: The Nashville Symphony concert hall. RIGHT: The amazing concert hall during the Nashville Symphony presentation.

LEFT: The Nashville Symphony concert hall.
RIGHT: The amazing concert hall during the Nashville Symphony presentation.

SQL judges, fresh from training the previous day, put their skills to work in the lanes on Sunday. Those judges included Marsha Beeler-TN, Mike Flanagan-MS, Michael Maddy-KY, Tom Meyers-IL, Sondralee Orengia-PA, Nick Portonova-PA, Julian Ridi-Canada, Shannon Roberts-KY, Allan Shaffer, TN and Heather Shaffer-TN. Ridi flew in from north of the border for the training sessions.

Vinny Taylor and Tim Smith, both Tennessee judges, worked with the group to maximize the training and performance as certified judges scoring in the lanes on Sunday. Also, Ray Rayfield from Linear Power, was at judge training and added more amps to the 33 channel OmegaLab Studio power bank.

LEFT: Julian Ridi, down from Canada for the judges training, is an accomplished drummer and played for the recording session. RIGHT: A video on the large green highlighted the judges training sessions.

LEFT: Julian Ridi, down from Canada for the judges training, is an accomplished drummer and played for the recording session.
RIGHT: A video on the large green highlighted the judges training sessions.

OmegaLab Studio, with renowned engineer Rob McClain is designed to be Nashville’s first and only at this time, solar powered studio. The studio utilizes 12volt audio equipment from Linear Power, XS Power Batteries and KnuKonceptz.

MECA’s Stern is an accomplished Nashville studio musician and played several songs on site that were recorded for the judge’s listening sessions.

LEFT: Steve Stern at the mic at Freezefest! RIGHT: Items prepared for the judges training sessions.

LEFT: Steve Stern at the mic at Freezefest!
RIGHT: Items prepared for the judges training sessions.

Of special note for the weekend was Erie PA retailer Sondralee Orengia. Orengia owns Custom Audio and made the 618 mile trip from Erie to Lebanon for the event. Store employee Nick Portonova, also a MECA competitor, made the trip too.

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Orengia commented, “Our store is a strong supporter of MECA and has been a retail member for years. We conduct several MECA events each year and see great interest from competitors and spectators in our area. The listening sessions for the judge’s training were excellent and the Nashville Symphony was amazing. The pipe organ in the hall went so deep that it shook the hall. As a car audio dealer it was amazing. Then on Sunday to actually go through the judging process was terrific. Custom Audio is prepared for a great MECA competition season!”

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