Who Parks Where?

| December/January 2000

Louisville, Ohio 44641

Now that it is the time of year when most engine shows are over and the club members are busy organizing for next year's show, I have some 'new business' that all clubs should discuss, 'Who Parks Where?'

You have hit and miss engines, tractors, steam engines. This is what the show is all about. Right? Okay, flea markets and crafts have been also included, they make money for the club and X amount of dollars per space. Fine and dandy!

Now, for the parking. It really is not hard to understand. Tractors are all together, steam has their area, hit and miss should have theirs, and the same for flea markets.

If people are selling items and it are not related to the engines, tractors or antique equipment, then they should be in the flea market. Plastic mail boxes, for example, have nothing to do with show equipment.

The reason I am writing this is to let clubs know what you are doing to your exhibitors. We were harassed for five hours by two club members at a show until they finally got smart, because I threatened to name their club in this letter. Yes, we were being stubborn, too, but it was the principal of the thing. We were in an engine area with engines, not in the flea market with engines.

You drive for l? hours early in the morning, to get to a show. Pull in at 7:00 a.m. Hard to find a place to park, a lot of places were roped off, saved, for someone not even there yet. Well, we finally found a place not roped off or blocked off. We were told by a club member to go ahead and park there, which we did. Got our engines out, awning up, and then walked the grounds. An hour later, another club member tells me, we have to move.

His buddy wants that spot to sell plastic mail boxes! What! In with engines ? Needless to say, I said no, we were not moving. So now there are five club members trying to settle this. They even called security. The fellow with the mail boxes never showed up until 12:00 noon on Saturday and I never did see him sell even one box.

After a meeting of the minds, the club members finally told us we could stay put. But you know what, we will never return to their show again, which we had attended for many years and enjoyed until this year.

All clubs should pass a new rule for shows. Each group assigned an area and that's where they park. NO ONE should be permitted to rope off parking for other people. Make it a first come, first park. Put this on your advertisements.

This is happening at many more shows and people who drive two, three, four hours can't find a place to park because hometown people rope it off days ahead.

Come on, clubs! Smarten up. People are turning around and leaving your shows, never to return again. The word of mouth can hurt you and does. Just ask the clubs with poor attendance.

They say everyone complains, but no one does anything about it. Well, I took the step to speak my mind and hope it does some good.

Are you clubs listening?


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