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Posted by Todd Evans on April 19, 2001 at 14:43:27:
In Reply to: HODWY! and a question about the Hamburg Pa show posted by SweetLeaf on April 19, 2001 at 10:47:46:
I actually helped organize this show. The problem was that it was a first show of sorts. This was the first show that the society had put together in a long time (about 8-10 years) and we had the dissadvantage of another area show, that gave our society a somewhat not so good reputation. There were shows in Findley last year, that were initionally sponsored by the TSHS. The person organizing them did do a fine job, and the shows were quite a success. Not blaming him at all, but there were some vendors that because of circumstnaces, did not want to be a part of our show due to the prior shows. They were in an out of the way location, primarily venomous, and some security issues had been addressed. When the former organizer said he didn't want to hold any more shows, we found our own venue, and our own arsenal of vendors. The problem was, convincing them that our show would be different. this would explain the smal showing of vendors.
BUT, because we advertised the heck out of this thing, we had over 800 customers walk through the door, now, unfortunately, they weren't greeted with as many vendors as we had hoped. The thing now is, that since we have been reporting to potential new vendors about the turnout, the next show should be a pretty packed house. We've estimated that we can fit about 100 tables in Trios, and fully intend to once this show comes around. (by contrast, I'm not sure of the actuall numbers, but I'd estimate that the palace in holds a little over 50). We've already received word from about 7 new vendors that have interest in the next show, dry goods, venomous, non venomous, we cater to everyone.
Also as another point of contrast, Hamburg has about 200, maybe even more tables......MY GOD, the selection. I went last year for the first time, and I'll tell you, I was amazed. We definately have hopes of the Moon show being as big if not bigger than the hamburg show, and right in your back yard.