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Event Coverage Springfield, MO Auto Swap Meet is back on...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Outtasite, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Outtasite
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  2. lake_harley
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    I and a couple friends are talking about going, but if the site map is correct and up to date, it looks like only about 10% of the spaces are reserved. Unless the info is old it would hardly be worth our 4.5 Hr. drive. I'm hoping it has filled up more because I was looking forward to the swap meet until OAAC cancelled it as their meet. It's still a week away, so fingers crossed, but this is the 3rd thread I think I've seen about the fill-in event, but there's hardly any discussion or enthusiasm about it.

    Lynn
     
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  3. Outtasite
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    The OAAC cancelled on very short notice and the fairgrounds were not able to get the booking site live until this past Monday (8/11). They do not have the access to the car club’s database, so it will be mostly word of mouth promotion. Please help spread the word. It won’t be as large as the OG, but at least it’s something to do and WON’T cancel at the last minute.


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  5. Long Roof Larry
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    LOOKING FOR VENDORS!

    The Fairgrounds is excited to announce that the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds will be holding an Automobile Swap Meet August 21-23, 2020 in Springfield, Missouri

    This is a new event - to replace the cancelled OAAC Swap Meet held the same weekend. This will be a smaller event than normal, but it is ON!

    For all the details on how to secure a vendor spot, visit the web site
    https://www.ozarkempirefair.com/p/events/fairgrounds-swap-meet
     
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    A friend of mine called the fairgrouds office and was told that 250 spots have been sold. By the looks of the map that comes up on the fairgrounds website it doesn't look like anywhere near 250 spots are showing in white which I understand is a booked/sold spot. I'm looking forward to the swap meet but driving 8 to 9 hours round trip isn't worth having only about 80 or so spots occupied.

    So does anyone have any facts? Are there ~250 spots sold and the site map is just outdated? Or, did my friend get the "puffed" version from the person he talked with at the fairgrounds?

    I'm not wanting to be negative at all. I would just like to have some idea what I might find at Springfield if I leave at 3:30 Friday morning to go for the day.

    Lynn
     
  7. Outtasite
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    Don’t know how many spots have been sold, but a good friend works for the fairgrounds and says they expect several to pay the day of, so numbers on website may not be accurate. With the short notice and time to promote, they do not expect to be as big at the regular swap and are advertising as such. Worst case: road trip, free admission, eat a giant pork tenderloin, drink some cold (root) beer and enjoy a good excuse for getting out of the house.


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  8. Long Roof Larry
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    Lynn
    Not sure who they talked to but we are currently at 310 spots (20x20) reserved (paid for) for the Swap Meet this weekend and 40 cars (paid for) to be in the Car Corral. I have several folks who don't do computers who had no idea how to reserve a spot online but will be showing up Thursday to setup.
    It has always been stated the event we (the Fairgrounds) is putting on will be smaller than the OAAC event. I can't tell you if it is worth your time to come, I can just tell you as of this posting how many paid for/reserved spots we have for this weekends event.
     
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  9. Larry, Thanks for the information and thanks to you and the fairgrounds for putting this on. 320 swap meet spaces is fantastic for something that wasn't going to happen. August is looking better already.

    Keith
     
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    Thanks, Larry. Just talked with my road-trip friend last evening about the swap meet. We're planning to head out toward Springfield about 3:30 Friday AM to spend the day. Now....if whatever happened to my right knee yesterday that has me in pain and my knee swollen up would fix itself again .......

    Lynn
     
  12. Long Roof Larry
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    I still have plenty of swap meet spaces available. If you want to be a vendor or put a car in the Car Corral show up tomorrow between 8am and 8pm and we will find you a spot. Going to be great weather this weekend and a good swap meet!
     
  13. Nostrebor
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    Thanks Larry for providing the updates. I fully understand the fairgrounds need to create income, and am planning to come as a shopper with our normal group of malcontents.

    Bump...

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    I built an off topic truck to race in Hot Rod Drag Week. That event has been canceled so I intend to have it for sale in the car coral.
     
  15. Primered Forever
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    What... John?????? You're going out in public with this virus to sell that off topic truck??;) I hope you have good luck!
     
  16. BenD is there, the pics he put up on FB look like a good swap
     
  17. WZ JUNK
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    The plan is to exit the truck and run for cover. Then lay low under a tree off to myself. I have not been in a store or a restaurant since February and I would not be going to this if I did not think I could find a safe place. When I original bought my parking place the car coral was in front of the grand stand and I planned to hide out up in the bleachers. I am trying to keep from doing something I might regret later on. I still might back out.
     
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    I hope you sell it and stay safe!
     
  19. Moriarity
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    did anyone go to the swap? how was it???
     
  20. lake_harley
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    Much smaller than before, but that was expected. I did find a few things I thought were worth bringing home, but nothing major. No matter the size of the swap meet it was nice to have something to go to for the day and look for "just what I was needing".

    Lynn
     
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  21. Packrat
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    I went and bought a few things, found some good deals. It was much smaller than usual but as said, was nice to get out to a swap meet.
     
  22. Nostrebor
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    I got a sunburn, so it lasted long enough for that. :D

    What is usually a very hard day to get through, took us a leisurely 2 1/2 hours. We bought some random stuff. I bought an OT truck that may have been the deal of the day based on the number of hawks circling with cash as I was closing my deal. I'm happy I went. My wife probably prefers it stayed cancelled!;)
     
  23. Long Roof Larry
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    Thanks to all those who did come out and enjoy the Swap. Just wanted to share the news that the OAAC renewed their lease of the Fairgrounds for August of 2021 and will be returning with their larger Swap Meet.
    Also, we, the Fairgrounds, will be hosting one in May of 2021. If you are local and want more info you can visit our web site for those details. www.OzarkEmpireFair.com
    Thanks again for the support!
     

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