Audio manufacturer Klipsch announced on Tuesday that it learned a number of its fans and faithful customers are planning a pilgrimage to the company’s Hope, Arkansas facilities on May 20-21. Over 125 “Klipsch community” forum members will descend upon the location to celebrate “their collective passion” for Klipsch speakers, the Klipsch employees who handcrafted them, and the company’s 70th anniversary.
This pilgrimage is not something new, Klipsch said. It’s an annual occurrence, but this will be the first time that the event has been planned and executed by fans of the brand—Klipsch audio forum members, to be exact. The event will take place at the Hope, Arkansas facility where Paul W. Klipsch founded the brand in 1946, and where Klipsch maintains a manufacturing facility, warehouse, and museum.
“Klipsch and its forum members have a relationship that most companies can only hope to achieve,” Christy Luquet, Klipsch forum moderator and brand enthusiast, said in a statement. “It is based on mutual respect for high quality speakers and preserving the high standards that Paul W. Klipsch started this company with seventy years ago in that small tin shed in Hope, Arkansas. The close friendships we have made with members on the forum and Klipsch employees became the driving force behind my interest in coordinating the annual Pilgrimage this year. I hope that we can pass the emotion, respect and loyalty we have for Klipsch down to many generations to come.”
Klipsch employees at the Hope facility will be treated to an appreciation lunch being provided by the forum members on Friday, May 20. Members and fans will then spend the remainder of their time touring the Hope plant, audio labs, and museum. They will also get demonstrations of new and existing Klipsch speakers. Klipsch historian Jim Hunter and principal engineer Roy Delgado will be on hand for a Q&A session.
The event will also host special guest Colleen Murphy, the founder of the Classic Album Sundays organization, who will be travelling from the U.K. to attend. Murphy is dedicated to the return of vinyl, sharing the stories behind noteworthy albums and orchestrating in-depth listening sessions on hi-fi audio systems for music enthusiasts. “I’ve been a Klipsch enthusiast for over two decades. I’ve DJ’d in venues from London to New York City to Tokyo on dance floors surrounded by multiple Klipschorns, the same speakers I have squeezed into the living room of my home and that started Classic Album Sundays,” she said in the statement. “Needless to say, Klipsch is in my DNA. I am looking forward to learning more about the brand’s legendary history and spending time with like-minded Klipsch fans.”
For more info on the Klipsch pilgrimage, visit the Klipsch community forum.