Jack Versteeg, president of Antique Powerland Farm Fair in Oregon, and new president of the national Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, has responded to a recent article in G.E.M. about exhibitors and shows.
The article dealt with the follow-up to a letter by Preston Foster, in which he had asked for a better break for exhibitors. Versteeg and Foster have spoken about it in person.
Jack, who has knowledge on both sides, comments: 'Preston Foster had a very good letter, but didn't go into the plus side that a lot of shows have to offer. It is very easy to find fault with anything. It's real easy to have a negative attitude. I agree with a lot of things he had to say, but one thing must be mentioned. A lot of shows must charge some sort of gate admission so that they can go on from year to year. As an example, say a person is exhibiting at a show and has an engine blow up and hurts someone. Some months later a large law suit is filed. Does this exhibitor come forward and offer the help that will be needed to settle this suit? No, he won't. If the show hasn't any insurance they are in trouble. If they do, what do they pay the premium with, green stamps? If a show has less than a $1 million liability policy they could be in trouble.
In closing one thing must be remembered. If a show closes, a lot of people wouldn't have any place to show off their iron except home in the shop.'