Rain this afternoon slowed down things at Hershey.
Thought I saw your car Rob. Are you doing the Hershey Hangover tour on Sunday?
Raining is a couple notches down from what it's doing now. I hope my camper can float!
Will try to find you tomorrow Rob.
I had better start the long trip back to Nebraska. Also, the intake manifold is leaking, so time for a little gasket repair.
I'm going to the AACA library this morning. I'll be at the meet by noon.
Yesterday, the bad rain held off till about 2 or 3 o'clock.
Not looking good today. The forecast shows a couple of possible short breaks this morning, then 60% and 70% all afternoon. I'm using the wi-fi at McDonalds, where I just heard a woman say she had five inches in her gauge before it fell over.
It's 11:13 Eastern time and it's raining hard here in Hershey. I'm sitting in our motor home in the Hershey campground, looking out the window at the creek that runs through the campground. When we got here in
Sunday, the creek was all but dry with nothing but rocks in it. Now it's gushing under the bridge and they're evacuating those who are camped next to the creek. Many, many people are just packing up and leaving.
The forecast for today is 90% chance of rain (?) until late tonight, then tapering down to 40% for tomorrow when the show & judging should be taking place.
At least the show area is on high ground. It looks like this year's Hershey is all but over. Oh well, I found most of what I was looking for.
Yesterday in between the rain I went to Val Soupios's and Fred Wicker's spaces in the Orange Field, but they weren't there. Also went to Jeff Versteeg's spaces. Jeff wasn't there, but I spoke with his Dad and bought a small piece from them. They really had lots of stuff there. Saw Doug Hauge, but he was busy talking with others.
I'm thinking very hard on just leaving, but we've got something planned for tonight with friends. We'll see.
I was giving myself a hard talking to all the way home yesterday about it was not right to leave Hershey on the second day. Now I am glad to be sitting 850 miles away from that mess. Where I was in the Chocolate field people started to pack up around 2:00, we did the same. Left early Thursday. Rained all the way to the bottom of VA. Good thing we left anyway, Wife's son had to go under the knife today. Well, there always next year. Good Luck Up there guys, Dan
We had good sales on Tuesday and Wednesday. It started to rain Thursday morning heavy in the afternoon and all through the night. Vendors were packing up and leaving yesterday and this morning. We packed up in a heavy downpour this morning and left. Hated to leave but the rain was just too much we are on out way home now. Found what we were looking for in parts and we made some money. It was good Hershey even though it was shortened by rain
Keith, we're sticking it out in the campground too. Headed to chocolate world and the museum now. It's not worth walking the flea markets because hardly anyone is still open. Makes me mad because I have money in my pocket and know theres good stuff all around me. Just can't see through tarps.
Yep. Arrived on my spaces today and it was pouring. Very few vendors open. Those who were remaining we're packing up except for some of the big commercial vendors with tents.
I decided to call it a day early and head to a pinball show just south of Hershey in York.
Coming down in buckets right now. Looks like good weather tomorrow morning. My spaces are next to the show field, so I'm sticking it out till tomorrow
We're staying until tomorrow 'cause I'd like to go and see the show cars if the weather is ok. Otherwise we'll leave first thing in the morning.
The creek that runs through the campground is way over it's banks and everyone camped near the creek has been evacuated. Those roads near the creek are blocked off.
The local news for Hershey said that some local roads are closed and some high school football games for tonight have been cancelled.
Depending on how much rain continues to fall, this could get pretty bad.
In September 2011, we had several days of rain that cause severe flooding in the Hershey area. You may not believe it, but the picture below is taken at the intersection of Hershey Park Drive and Walton Avenue, right down the street from the campground. You can barely see the roof of the Pizza Hut above the water.
Unfortunately the same flood caught the Hershey Zoo by surprise and many animals perished before they could be evacuated. With the unlimited resources that Hershey has, everything was cleaned up within several weeks after the water subsided.
I got to my spot about 9 am in the rain, and there were 4 people there looking at my stuff! What I have left is not hurt by the rain, so it's there to look at--most folks had their stuff covered. It was spotty today, but, I finished with my last customer about 5:30 and made my way back to the motor home and some dry clothes! I'll leave my stuff there Sat, until things clear out enough I can get in there and load up. Then, off to the Hershey Hangover tour!
Cool! What are you driving Mike?
Had a great day Wednesday and made enough to cover expenses then the heavens opened up and I lost that T tent to the rain last night
Can't believe I left there a day early for the first time ever. My home is around 100 miles north on I 81 and as soon as I got to the Wyoming Valley around 4pm it was sunny with bone dry roads.
This year was going to be my first trip to Hershey .... Sure glad I backed out now after reading all of this...
I sold everything on Tuesday by 9AM and found an exhaust cutout about an hour later. Cut the trip short by two days. So I'm home and finally DRY!!!!
I'll be driving my 15 touring. Lots of the guys in the HCCA who have the really early fancy cars, also have T's. This morning I'll put my T on the show field, then go back to my spot and hang out til I can get my trailer in there and load up--I figure around noon. I've sold a touring body and a roadster body and have 3 people who want to come today and talk about my fiberglass roadster tub and turtledeck--we'll see!
I live 120 miles south in West Virginia and its still raining as I am typing this. I went on Thursday and drove home soaked to the bone even after wearing a hooded rain coat all day. Luckily I was happy with my finds... Went back Friday morning for more searching and to meet Larry Smith at Ed Henline's space at 11am. By 9am, Ed was in full packing mode and it was hard not to get run over by the campers and trailers vacating the place. We'll have to try again next year Larry!
No doubt it is certainly a memorable Hershey!
I left Friday at 3:30 almost everyone in the parking lot had to be pulled out. I was lucky and had a good spot. It rained on me for about 200 miles west . I found some good stuff all three days. I a learned a long time ago take good water proof shoes
and rain gear.
Hey, although it rained Thursday and Friday I sure got a LOT of good deals. All you needed was an umbrella.
Wednesday was very nice!
I am glad I went.
You gotta look at the bright side, at least there was no mud....
After surgery a month ago I've had absolutely no exercise until Wednesday, so Thursday morning I was sore from Wednesday's walking. I covered the red field and a little more than half of Chocolate. Thursday morning I covered more of Chocolate but didn't get through all of it before the monsoon struck. I never did get to Green and Orange. At Chickasha and other smaller meets I like to make the rounds several times, because the second or third time I notice things I missed the first time. Even using Keith's method of marking all the Model T vendors on a map, I don't think I could cover all of this one more than once, even with good weather.
Something I haven't seen before is entrepreneurs setting up shop as impromptu toilet attendants, equipped with a spray bottle and a bowl of wipe packets and a tip jar. Some adopted an air of officialdom, telling people where to go. "Number three, sir!"
It was nice to see several forum members, some for the first time. Because I'm a shameless ham and not loath to post images of my visage online, and because said visage is somewhat unusual, a lot of folks recognized me. I saw Keith Gumbinger and Jerry Van Ootighem, met Dennis Corder at the MTFCA tent, had a nice visit with Dan Conder, and took a picture of a unique steering wheel the Silberts had with them. On Thursday I stopped for a nice chat with Dennis Fleming before the weather put a damper on things. I think I must have spoken with a half dozen people who knew me from the forum but said they post seldom or never post, some of them because they don't want to get into a urination festival over distributors or water pumps. I told them everybody's entitled to his own crackpot opinion, so join the party. One fellow didn't mention the forum, but said he recognized me from a Youtube video, so I guess I'm notorious on two fronts.
I did take pictures, so I'll post a bunch of them when I get home.
Tom Potter pointed out that the rain was no doubt precipitated (ahem) by my announcement that I would be attending next year. Apparently the weather this year thought that a dress rehearsal for next year's meet was in order.
Sorry I did not get to meet Steve and I'm sure I would have recognized him from his profile picture and his Old Geezer blog.
Was happy to meet John Regan who I also recognized from his profile picture. Still can't believe I woosed out and left a day early. All of my NOS NIB stuff will have to be offered at a discount next year unless I can talk the wifey into ironing the boxes after they dry out he he he It was still fun in spite of loosing a tent and I'm still munching on the Chocolate World cookies. It's all good
Mike I have a photo of your '15 (what a beauty!) that I'll post with all the T's from the show field and what I was able to find in the flea market. That will be in a separate thread which I will hopefully get to tomorrow.
RV, you're on my "list" now - best watch your back if you decide to come back after cursing us with this rain! ;)
I sold everything that mattered if it got wet, on Tues and Wed. My "tent" was just used to park my golf cart under when I was there. I sold stuff every day, even in the rain, because people kept walking around and my stuff was visable! I went straight to the show field today and my "swap meet neighbor" called me several times asking questions for customers before my wife took me back to my spot about 1:30, and my "neighbor" gave me a handful of money. I dropped my wife off to watch my stuff while I went to get the MH and trailer to start loading. While I was gone she sold my 3 sedan doors. Sat was my worst day, and I (actually my neighbor and my wife)still sold enough today to cover all expenses for the week. Seemed to me if the stuff was priced right and available to the people, you could sell. If you were a business with new stuff or paper stuff, or had an emotional attachment and insisted on very high retail, and are content carrying stuff around for years until you get your price, the weather was a killer for you!
Craig, with all the lists I'm on right now, what's one more??!!
That is always the case. The last time I set up was at the fall Indy swap meet, I sold about everything. Vendors were complaining about poor sales that weekend. If the price is right, the stuff will sell.
Sales vary because of several influences, and I think one of them is a particular meet's aura, for want of a better term. That would include tradition, reputation, and some indefinable ambiance that makes a meet what it is. On my best day ever at the old Pate Swap Meet, the rain was pouring down and the people were sliding in mud, and I sold $700 worth of signs. After they moved the meet to the speedway it was never the same.
That word "aura" isn't in my dictionary. Your going to have to quit using those $5.00 words.
Steve- I agree. I miss the good old days of Hershey when it felt like you were walking through farm fields. Seems much smaller now that it's all pavement. Still glad we have it though and also that it has stayed primarily pre-WWII.
Richard - I think it has something to do with aura borealis but Steve will need to confirm.
We used to go to Hershey in the early 70's. One year it would be dryer than a bone. Dust was so bad, they used water trucks to hold the dust down. Another year, it was so wet, they spread straw in the mud so you could walk. Water was running through some of the vendor sites. Another year, it was so hot and other years heavy coats were in order.
The last time we were there we camped on the air strip. Traffic was so bad,no 4 lanes, we stayed Saturday night and people woke us up telling us, we had to move because on Sunday, the air strip, was used to set up a Flea Market