Plans for the 2015 Homecoming in Richmond are in full swing and we are excited about how this annual event continues to grow and become more popular every year! The Homecoming Committee and Henry Hoosiers Chapter are hard at work recruiting, promoting, selling, and planning for the June 6 event.
Swap Meet participation is excellent this year and the Show-N-Tell displays are new and different, especially since adding the Pre-1945 All Ford aspect to the event. Highlights will include a 1916 apartment camper coming up from Florida, a 1923 Lincoln touring car, and a porcelain license plate collection. In addition to the displays of Model Ts and other vintage Fords, there is an area for demonstrations and educational opportunities for young, old, and everyone in-between.
New additions to this year’s Homecoming include tours on June 4 and 5 that visit many of the favorite spots enjoyed during the 2008 Centennial. Thursday is a half-day tour starting around noon that highlights Richmond and Wayne County. Friday is a full-day tour that extends south to the scenic canal town of Metamora and beautiful Brookville Lake. There is no cost for the tours. The routes have been planned by Jerry and Kim Kramer and complete directions are provided and can be picked up at the Museum starting Wednesday evening, June 3.
The fun continues to grow on the big day — Saturday, June 6. In addition to the Swap Meet, Show-N-Tell, and demonstrations, we have added a T-Treasure Hunt with a chance to win an Amazon Fire HD7 tablet, a Silent Auction, face painting, historic walking tours of the Richmond Depot District, rides in Model Ts for local attendees, music, and guest appearances by ‘historic celebrities.’ Of course, great food will be available throughout the day, including breakfast, provided by Tin Lizzie Café, plus fresh popcorn, and unique &yummy Ullery’s ice cream.
The 2015 Homecoming will conclude with a dinner celebration on Saturday night at the Firehouse BBQ & Blues. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $15 per person (beer, wine, liquor, tax, and gratuity not included). For reservations, email hosts Jerry & Kim Kramer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The people and businesses of Richmond are excited to have the Model Ts back in town and look forward to providing the same friendly service seen at the 2008 Centennial event. If you haven’t made plans to attend yet, we hope you do so today! If you need hotel, B&B, or camping reservations, visit the Wayne County Tourism site at: http://visitrichmond.org/visitors/where-to-stay or call 800-828-8414 for assistance.
More details to come, but you can visit the Homecoming site for more details and/or to register for Swap Meet or Show-N-Tell space: http://www.modeltfordclubofamerica.com/homecoming/. We hope to see everyone in Richmond in June!
(Message edited by adminchris on June 02, 2015)
Model T Museum in the Historic Depot District Richmond, Indiana
309 North 8th Street
Richmond IN 47374
Festivities extend along North 8th Street between C and E Streets
Google Map Link
(Message edited by adminchris on June 02, 2015)
Thursday June 4
Hospitality& Information Desk Opens
Tour maps available
T-Treasure Hunt starts with chance to win Amazon Fire HD7; maps available for pick up
Free, half-day, “on your own” Tour highlighting several favorite Richmond & Wayne County area points of interest including Wayne County Historical Museum, Centerville Antique Mall, and Abram Gaar Farm & Mansion. Depart from Museum; allow approximately 3-5 hours.
Friday June 5
Hospitality & Information Desk Opens
Tour maps available
T-Treasure Hunt continues; chance to win Amazon Fire HD7; maps available for pick up
Free, all-day, “on your own” Tour with stops at several favorite locations from the 2008 Centennial tours including the unique canal town of Metamora. A beautiful, rustic drive! Depart from the Museum; allow approximately 6-8 hours.
Saturday June 6 .... THE BIG DAY
6 AM –8 AM •Vendors/Exhibitors Swap Meet and Show-N-Tell set up
•Hospitality& Information Desk Opens
8:00 AM HOMECOMING OPENS, FREE TO ALL VISITORS!
•Free admission to Model T Museum; open until 5:00pm
•Swap Meet, pre-1945 all Ford —Bigger & Better Than Ever!
•Show-N-Tell, featuring Model Ts and pre-1945 Fords
•Silent Auction Opens
•T-TreasureHunt continues; pick up map at Hospitality & Information Desk
•Foodvendors serving breakfast, lunch, drinks, popcorn, peanut brittle, and ice cream
9:00 AM Sawmill demonstration
10 AM -2 PM Shuttle Service from Depot District to Main Street District; pickups every 15-20 minutes
PickupPoint 1: Depot at North E & 10thSt. Pickup Point 2: Main St. & 10thSt.
10:00 AM Take-Apart T –Quick Assemblyof a Model T in 15 minutes or less! presented by Greater St. Louis Chapter of Model T Ford Club of America
10:30 AM Sawmill demonstration
11:00 AM Walking history tour of Richmond’s Depot District—Meet at Hospitality Desk
11:30 AM Sawmill demonstration
12:00 PM Welcome to RichmondGreeting from Mayor Sally Hutton
1:00 PM Walking history tour of Richmond’s Depot District—Meet at Hospitality Desk
1:30 PM Sawmill demonstration
2:00 PM Take-Apart T –Quick Assemblyof a Model T in 15 minutes or less! presented by Greater St. Louis Chapter of Model T Ford Club of America
2:00 PM T-Treasure Hunt Entries Dueat the Museum
2:30 PM Drawing for winner of T-Treasure Hunt —Grand Prize: Amazon Fire HD7
2:30 PM Silent Auction Closes —pay for andpick up items at the Silent Auction Tent
3:00 PM Walking history tour of Richmond’s Depot District—Meet at Hospitality Desk
3:00 PM Sawmill demonstration
6:00 PM Homecoming Celebration Dinner at the Firehouse BBQ & Blues (corner North8th& D)
Reservations required by June 4; $15/person (gratuity, tax, beer, wine, liquor not included)
Email Kimjkramer@gmail.com tomake a reservation
I have posted all the above at the request of Jay & Barbara.
They have 47 swap meet spaces reserved so there should be a lot of stuff there.
You can visit the homecoming page of our website here for more detailed information.
and swap meet here
Chris - Thank you for posting this information.....especially the map.
Now at 51 swap meet spaces!
Had a bit of a problem with the map but got it sorted out!
Keith, the map is also available on the Homecoming tab at www.mtfca.com. Click on "Driving Directions."
That Google street map was before the Club took possession of the property..... Like I remembered it in 2011.
Hi Barbara - Got it.
For those who are arriving on Thursday to tour then and on Friday, will there be any trailer parking? Our motel has no trailer parking available.
We can work something out.
Give us a call.
51 swap meet spaces so far and more to come!
Too bad the homecoming wasn't Fri, Sat, and Sun. Wonder how many others would prefer these 3 days? Oh Well. Maybe next year.
Add me to the list of people who you just might see there. Our 26 is running and might even make it part way on the tour.
Great! Do you need reservations for Saturday night dinner?
We had a great day here today! Lots of folks came from all over, and I expect there'll be more each day as we go through it. I drove up on Wednesday, 11-1/2 ours in my modern car. I couldn't see trailering my T behind my truck for 700 miles at 10 mpg to drive it for one day when my car gets 25 mpg.
I hitched a ride with Tim Wrenn for this afternoon's tour. There were several cars with us on the tour, and we stopped at some interesting places. The weather was perfect!
Tomorrow is a full day's tour, about 100 miles. Good weather expected again, and the swap meet is on Saturday. It doesn't get much better than this!
thank you for the update. Sounds like a great time, enjoy.
Now we need some pics......
Got here late but took some shots in the lot at the museum. Met a nice young guy with a real nice 14 touring. We were late so didn't do the tour and just drove around town and got a feel for things. Plan to go on the 100 mile run with several other T's if I hold up, no problem with the car but I am not holding up well after the drive here in the pickup.
Thanks to Jerry and Kim Kramer for setting-up the tour on Thursday.
Here's a shot of several participants on one of the stops Thursday afternoon.
More from the group I was with today. We did over 100 miles and had a great time.
Great tour shots !
Thanks for posting !
Well - it is 4:00 a.m. & I am starting Swap Saturday in Dayton - getting ready to head to Richmond ....
Should be a great day ......
Got home from Richmond about 3:30.Had a great day,found some things I could'nt live without .The guys/gals that helped organize this event went above and beyond. Around 59 cars were on display,good crowd and wonderful weather. I think is was bigger and better that ever.if you didn't go ,you missed a good time.Thanks to all.
I agree with Jack. We have been here since Thursday afternoon, did all of the tours, just completed the Bar B Q dinner. The folks here did a great job organizing the event.
This was our first time to attend the homecoming but anticipate we will be back.
And the weather was superb!
Kudos to Jerry, Kim and all those wonderful folks who made this years homecoming a huge success & so much fun. Want to post pics but they're all on my phone & I need to resize them but its getting g late so I'll do it tomorrow afternoon when I get home. But most of the previous posts got it well covered
Enjoyed my time with Mike Walker as my "roomie" as well as a rider with me. Super tour and a great demo from Joe Bell. Can't wait for next year!
Jack D, If you could not live without those things? I sure am glad that you found them!
I agree with all the comments from above. Everyone involved with this event did a great job and in my eyes, it was a huge success. If you didn't attend, then you missed a good one. I was very impressed with the distance that some of the people traveled to get to the event. Thanks to everyone that attended also, as you played a big part in adding to the success. Everyone I spoke with had a great time.
Thanks to everyone that stopped by my trailer and shopped or bought parts from me. I was worn out at the end of the day Saturday, but had a great time. I got to meet and talk to a lot of people throughout the day. I'm looking forward to next year!
I had a great time at the event, thanks Carl for inviting me to it. I think it was better than last year, I wish I had more time to shop at the swap meet but I was busy from the time I showed up. Thanks Kenny for bringing the things I asked for and holding them till I got done. Next year I would like to haul the T down and enjoy more. Thanks again everyone for getting some equipment around for me.
I had a great time as well. The event was well-organized, and the tour roads were great! I saw lots of old friends and met several Forum folks. Tom Strickling and his wife toured with out group in their '11 Torpedo. That car is gorgeous! On top of all that, I was the beneficiary of a free babbit job in my '15 block done by Joe Bell. Thanks, Joe, and thanks to the MTFCA for hosting this fine event!
I took a few pics for a change, but I have no way to download them to my laptop. I'll need to wait till I get home to post them. (Home is only a 12-hour drive away!)
Thanks for the complement Mike. It was nice meeting you.
Here's a few pics so far, will do a couple of posts so as to keep tabs on the re-sizing. Here's Tom Strickling & his wife Patty (hope I got the name right!) at the covered bridge in his gorgeous '11, in Ohio on the second day. Next, here's one of a new, younger member to the affliction swapping out his wore out timer for a new TW..made a big difference in how his newly acquired '14 starts & runs. Here's me following Tom Sloma in his '24 Roadster Pickup into Metamora, and quaint little vintage village settled in 1838. We had a great lunch at a neat place called "Smelly Gourmet"...nothing like the name implies! Will have more on that later.
Okay, where'd the pic go of me following Tom?! LOL...will try again!
Here's a pic of the front of the Smelly Gourmet Restaurant that we ate the best Pannini's on earth at! It was around the back/side of the place on a covered deck. Very nice setting. Our cars were parked out back, there was a shot of those in a previous posting. Here's one shot of the Model T group from St. Louis assembling the car in less than 8 minutes!
For those of you who love "barn finds", here's a doozie! This was in the candle factory/store in Centerville next to where the old museum used to be.
Last but not least, we ran into a fine gentleman on our walking tour of the Historic Depot District, none other than Mr. Mark Twain himself. He regaled us with many of his stories. And if really not last and not least, if this little guy (er, gal) didn't at least try to steal the show at the museum, she certainly tried to steal your heart. Meet Ruckstell, Doug Haugee's furry little Model T companion. Hope I got your name correct Doug! I think he's from New York.
That's it for now, I need to leave some "space" for Mike Walker to post!! Kim requested that I put in a bunch, so now I have!
Henry's Hoosiers thanks all the participants, vendors, sponsors and volunteers that made the Homecoming a success. A big thank you to all that have posted pictures and kind comments. We worked hard to make this event one that you will want to come back to. Tell your friends if you had fun here and hopefully they will join us next year.
I'll put mine on the shorter "Streaming Pictures" thread. That way Mack won't have to wait so long for the thread to load.
Several of us car pooled from Wisconsin just for the big day on Saturday.
We had a wonderful time! It was fun meeting many of the Forum regulars that I hadn't met before, such as Mike Walker, Jerry Hoffman, and many others.
Tim Wrenn, I looked for you without success.....but I saw your car....and it looked really nice.
Joe Bell did a very nice babbitt pouring demonstration.
All in all, it was a very nice day & I'll be there again next year.