Community shop Talk

To Walk or Ride? . . .

| July/August 2004

  • SmokStak

  • Blow Smoke

  • Stationary Engine

  • SmokStak
  • Blow Smoke
  • Stationary Engine

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I belong to a club that throws two shows a year and a swap meet. Our club allows exhibitors, vendors and the public to bring golf carts, four wheelers and modern lawn tractors to ride around on. As attendance has grown, the vehicles have become a problem, and the exhibit and flea market aisles have become congested.

It has become almost impossible to navigate a larger-than-aver-age tractor even on main roads of the show grounds due to the parade of golf carts. Trams are provided to move people to and from different areas of the grounds, so having to walk great distances is not an issue.

I was wondering if anyone else out there has experienced similar problems at shows and how you all feel about it. - Dan

Dan, there are a couple of ways to look at it. From your prospective, those golf carts and lawn tractors are in the way. From my prospective, my vehicle allows me to buy numerous (large) things from the swap meet vendors and have a place to put them while 1 shop. It also allows me to keep my rain gear with me, it gives me a place to store my jacket as it warms up and a place to leave my coffee thermos while I shop. More than anything, it's a place for me and my wife to rest, as some of these shows are getting pretty well spread out. - Bill

I don't have a problem with older gentlemen driving around with golf carts who have a hard time walking. There is nothing wrong with that. But for the younger people, I wouldn't allow it. I mean come on, is it really that hard to walk? You wonder why America is the most obese country in the world? Because everything is made too easy for us. - Tanner

I have done the show and swap for over 20 years and just can't do it anymore without wheels. I always thought I was bullet proof - but it's just a part of getting old. - Dick


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