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Our area was sold out when we tried to get a few more spaces next to us, something like 350 spaces sold in advance registration, seems like more activity on the social media pages. Looking for hmmwv seat cushions if anyone on this thread have some let me know your soaces
We just finished loading, will be there with some HMMWV parts, a USMC M416 trailer and usual military stuff surplus stuff. Happy that they sold most of the spaces this year, tried to get 2 more but my row was sold out., poor planning on my part. Happy the National is in York this year and then a month later up at Gilbert Redball show, always a good one too.
What improvements were mentioned?Many thanks to those that did come out! It was my first time and I almost did not come due to the forecast. I had parts to deliver and made the trip. . I'm glad I did, I got to meet several folks I have only talked to on line and I scored some parts I have needed.I also donated to the club because without the show it would have cost me a bunch to ship the parts. Id go again, and if the fellow I spoke to can make some of the improvements that were talked about it could be a bigger show.
I think the biggest issue is there needs to be some innovation and willingness to change, sometimes just because it is not broke does not mean it does not need to change with the rest of the hobby.
Yes I believe the dates with the Findley show have a huge impact with the Aberdeen turnout.I think the weather spooked a lot of the vendors this year. When I looked at the vendor map there were a lot of spaces that were sold, and the vendor didn’t set up. Out of the 600 spaces available I would guess over half of them were sold. Now, remember that doesn’t mean 300+ vendors, as an example I have six spaces at this show.
The past couple of years the weather has caused more than its share of problems for the vendors. This year if one looked at the weather forecast all one would see was rain. As luck would have it there was some lite rain on Thursday morning and clear sun Thursday afternoon, all of Friday and Saturday morning, I have the sunburn to prove it.
The vehicle display was down this year. Then after the coast was clear, meaning rain, the “jeeps” were driven from their trailers for display and judging. There weren’t many big trucks there, again not many want to drive in the rain. Perhaps it has something to do with many drivers in this area having a 50-point drop in IQ when it rains.
There are two things that caused a dramatic drop in participation for this show. The first was when the price of diesel went over $4.00 a gallon. That year the number of big trucks coming to the show plummeted, and it hasn’t recovered. The second was the year that the Aberdeen and Findley shows stepped on each other’s toes.
When I attend these shows I try to see the glass as half full. The days of going to a show and finding the rare, unavailable part are long past, one can thank the internet for that. I may find something that I need, if not I’m not going to sweat it.
I like to meet fellow enthusiasts and look at the vehicles. These events also provide an opportunity to meet up with others that bring stuff that may be to costly to ship.
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