Interested in attending a Mini in 2020? Minis are typically held on a weekend during April-July. Watch the Mini Christmas Expos forum to receive alerts (and emails) when planning and discussion begins.
Welcome to the madness . You might consider attending Light Up Ohio, a gathering of Christmas (& other holiday) lighting decorators that meet, socialize, and learn a ton in a relaxed setting. It's held in Columbus, Ohio; within driving distance of Buffalo. More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Light-Up-Ohio/442437125883805
PM me if you have any specific questions.