Home coming 2015
After much thought & discussion, along with reading many of your comments on the MTFCA forum, Brent Mize & I have decided to make some changes to the format & event date for next year.
First, the date will be changed to Sat June 6th 2015 One day only Rain or Shine. Date for 2016 TBD.
This should help out with some members with children still at school. It will also not clash with the Swap Meet in Rockville IL.
Second, we have decided to continue the Swap & Sell to be Model T parts & Cars Only.
We feel very strongly that as we are holding this event at the Model T Museum that it should only be for Model Tís. We see this event as an opportunity to promote the Model T Hobby & the Model T Museum.
We will also be introducing a Speedster only section of the Swap & Sell. The Speedsters are becoming very popular especially with the younger members.
As far as I am aware this will be the only Model T swap meet in the country with a Speedster only section, something for all at next yearís event.
Third, Brent will be including other activities & displays into the Show & Tell. We both feel that the younger members should be represented in a more filling way. We have an idea for them at next yearís Homecoming, more on this as we move forward with our plans.
We were all encouraged with the response & turnout this year that we feel that next year should only be better & bigger. We have currently enough room for 100 spaces, last year we sold 26 so letís see if we can fill the 100 spaces.
The Homecoming page on the MTFCA website will be up all year so we will use it to post updates as we make progress with our plans. I will also post on the forum any update information.
Early June is fine for me, and will be for some kids. Around here and in some other parts of the country the schools let out in May. In other areas they run until the middle of June. No date will work for everybody, no matter when it is, but the first weekend in June will be better for some and the spring weather should be pleasant.
I like the idea of a T-only swap meet. As far as I know this one is unique. Maybe it's even very unique.
Yes T and only T related. We don't need any chrome or pony parts. I like that idea!
I think you mean Little Hershey, Belvidere, Il, Bob
This will also be the 50th anniversary of little hershey
Thank you Tony and Brent! June 6th is a good date and I'm planning on being there, and with one of my T's, and maybe vending too.
T only sounds good to me.
Thanks Bob, my mistake.
That all sounds good, Tony. Maybe I can make it this time.
Steve -- It might even be extremely unique!
Some thoughts on the Homecoming. My opinion on having the Flea Market exclusive to Model T parts only are: If there are 100 spaces and there were only 26 filled last year, I think a more resourceful thing to do would be to open it up to any pre-war Ford. My point in this whole matter is, one of things we are trying to do is get more people involved in Model T's. If you have something of interest for Model A and V-8 Ford people, you could be exposing them to the Model T hobby. Especially with the Museum being right on the grounds. A vendor may sell a T to an A or V-8 person that doesn't have one as opposed to trying to sell a Model T to those that already have them. Exposure is an important part of the Model T hobby. I started out in V-8's years ago. I bought a 14 Touring at Hershey one year to restore and resell because I couldn't find a V-8 that I wanted. There was something about the Touring that kept drawing me to it for the rest of the Hershey meet. I had never really been exposed to a Model T before. By the time I left Hershey I knew I would never sell it. I still have the car today. Along the way I have acquired more Model T's, and the T's became my favorite car.
What you could do is let Model T vendors have first crack at the spaces. I would not allow any hot rod parts or cars at all!
It's nice to be exclusive to Model T's, but you could be exclusive right out of existence.
I belong to the V-8 club, and they are extremely exclusive. I go on National T and V-8 meets, it is rare to see any young people at a V-8 meet. For years I worked to get the V-8 club to at least have a display area of any year Ford product at their National meets, for the same reason to expose more people to the V-8 Fords. They didn't want to hear it. Now as members are dying off,and the V-8's are being sold. The majority of them are going to hot rods as there is not much interest in restoring them because people have not been exposed to them. A part of history is being destroyed along with these cars as they are being turned into hot rods.
As far as the length of the meet, I think it should be at least two days. Many people would like to attend, but if you have to travel a distance to get there, a lot won't do it for just one day.
I have no dog in the fight as I won't be making the show, but what you say makes some sense, Dan. Having a "T" only swap meet seems a little like singing to the choir.
But either way, I do wish I could make one of these shows you guys put on back there. Especially one at the museum. Sounds like it would be a real gas. (pun intended - grin..)
Sounds OK to me for the second year. But I still think a 2 day meet is better for people coming longer distances. I am also of the belief that pre war Ford only would be better or at least Model T and Model A if you want the swap meet part to grow. A one day event just does not give enough time to visit, buy, sell, look, and show, without being in a hurry. Just my 2 cents worth. and I hope to be there next year ....
We have considered all of what you have said & you make some good points. However we are trying to create something different & unique in not only Swap Meets but the whole event so when we make our dissensions we have to take into account all aspects of the Homecoming.
As for the Swap & Sell many other chapters have started Swap Meets & because they felt there turn out was to low they introduced others, pre war etc. However my feeling on doing that is you are opening the door to your meet becoming more of the other & not enough of the T stuff. I had a bad experience of this when visiting other Swap meets when i first got into Model Ts.
As for it being two days you are correct that maybe more will come from afar. But look at other two day swap meets, other than Hershey they all fade away after the first day.If & when our Swap & Sell becomes to much to view on one day we will extend it to two, but we must be patient, Rome was not built in a day.
Thanks to all who have posted on this subject, keep them coming I see you all as members of our committee.
The Denver Mile High Chapter is looking into a PRE WAR SWAP MEET. I don't know if they are looking at a one day meet or two. You may get more venders and buyers coming longer distance BUT I have never seen a swap meet that does anything on the second day. Another person and I was vending at the Loveland Swap meet a number of year ago. We had a huge amount of T items. I did real good on Saturday and did $17.00 on Sunday. I don't think many venders want to stay an extra day for $17.00. There are loads and loads of swap meets in Colorado every year but all except Loveland are getting smaller and smaller. The only two that seems to be increasing is Loveland and the Cow Palace which is in the middle of the winter.
Any way I think a PRE 45 MEET IS THE WAY TO GO. I am tired of going to other type meets and walking through miles of chrome and garage sale Ladies things. GThe largest by far swap meet in Colorado is the Cow Palace in the winter. I come away with almost nothing from it. I talk with other T people and they say the same thing,