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Thread: Wauseon gate time question ????

  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLakeBob View Post
    I find the Walmart thing pretty funny if at all true. The meet starts Friday, but as is the new norm, the great volunteer chapter members usually allow non vendors (shoppers) in the day prior during setup. Now that's not good enough, we have the need to meet even before that. My question lately is, why in the hell do we all keep shopping past Thursday if all the good parts can only be had that day. I have no idea why I've walked around for the last 15 years in the Wauseon heat and rain finding parts after that first day. I actually found things I needed after that initial day, imagine that! Damn, now if I start shopping in the Walmart parking lot maybe I can find even better parts. Have we come to this? I sure wish I was a little older (not really) and could have enjoyed the small meets on a doctors' farm trading parts from an open car trunk. I still feel the first day of any meet should only be open to AMCA members. Shouldn't the club members benefit first. The club is always trying to stimulate growth, what a better way, you can't go through the gate unless you're a member, wa lah a new person joins to enter.
    Bob, I like your idea about first day for members. The meet at Oley is getting worse every year with regards to people showing up earlier and earlier before the opening of the meet to pick through parts and find the "good stuff". I use to go on Saturdays but find it is already picked through so I started going on Fridays. This past spring, Friday was going to be a washout so I went on Thursday. I could not believe how many people were already there early Thursday before the meet officially started.
    Craig (Delaware)
    Perkiomen Chapter
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    The first time I went to Wauseon was 30 plus years ago 1987 or 88. We pulled in and parked very early Friday morning, with only one vender set up. It is much easier to plan if there is a definite time that the meet opens. It is discouraging to show up at that time and the place is full and find out the meet actually started the day before. I don't care what day it opens but make a policy and keep to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Minerva View Post
    The first time I went to Wauseon was 30 plus years ago 1987 or 88. We pulled in and parked very early Friday morning, with only one vender set up. It is much easier to plan if there is a definite time that the meet opens. It is discouraging to show up at that time and the place is full and find out the meet actually started the day before. I don't care what day it opens but make a policy and keep to it.
    Totally agree with sticking to a start time with no exceptions.
    Craig (Delaware)
    Perkiomen Chapter
    AMCA Member #1011

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    A Lot of great comments and suggestions here! I suspect that only the greedy, and me me me selfish world of vendors are complaining about this years changes. But, in truth, the contract & Event particulars 'always stated' what is actually being enforced for 2019. Davenport has more vendors than Wauseon, and has been running their program with No exceptions--and they pull it off like clockwork. Also, the public is welcome to enter the Blackhawk meet after only 2 hrs. past vendor sign-in & kick-off on Thursday morning.

    Here's my skinny on improving Wauseon: Usually the AMCA has only 3 gates open for Vendor sign-in. Study this map, there are 7-9 separate entrances into the Fairgrounds. When the vendor is initially assigned his #area, then he will be given a gate # to enter at. For example: if you are between 1 thru 150, then you can only sign-in at the gate that is closest to your vending spot. When you receive your map of the event site numbers, the gates will just have to be numbered(1-9) so you'll be able to go directly to your entry. This will immensely free up traffic jams-confusion-and the long waiting in line, plus quicker set-up inside the Fairgrounds. And that means...Happy Hunting!!! Then Everybody is SLAP HAPPY!

    Also, cut down on the BS'in at the gates--and move em' in toot-sweet. This also means not hawking all the parts & M/C's being hauled in for sale. Of course, this means...More Volunteers!!! Boy Scout/Girl Scout Volunteers can pick-up extra merit badges for working the gates. Or, probee/prospect new AMCA members, that don't know anyone yet, to run the gates--haha.
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    Last edited by JoJo357; 07-14-2019 at 11:48 AM.

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    How about opening the gates at 6am on Thursday ? It would be nice to get unloaded and some shade set up before it gets too hot. Its going to be a warm one.

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    Great time this weekend! So happy that the gate wasn't open on Wednesday.

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    A more official type notice "earlier" would have been appreciated.

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    I have no problem with a strict opening vending time...but some of us are not local to the area and take the week off and like to camp with our friends on the grounds(not on the vendor spots)until it is time to move to our spots...

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    Did any members take pictures at Wauseon?
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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    thanks to fred and everyone else who put on the wauseon meet. i had a great time again even with the heat. can't imagine sweltering in racing leathers out on the track so hats off to all the racers - especially the New Hampshire boys! i have to agree with fred on the strict opening time and think it makes for a smoother event, especially when it's run by volunteers.

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