frying a tgon of fish for everyone.What a fantastic show 2023 was! Everyone was super excited as it had been 3 years since the last event. The buying crowd was supe heavy with loads of excitement.
Friday, vendor setup day was interesting as we added Early Buying for the afternoon with a $20.00 admission. We achieved 99% vendor set up on Friday with some heavy early buying. Pretty sure we will do that again in 2024. The Friday night fish fry for the vendors was a lot of fun. Thanks to Ron Hamm for frying up a ton of fish. Friday is also carver contest registration, with over 200 entries showing up early.We had a great crew helping with
Friday is and has been dealer day. Vendors spend all day unloading and setting up. It is also the day carvers register decoys for the Nationals.
In the past buyers have snuck in the back doors and did early buying without paying. This year we have gals at entrances and early buyers can buy a ONE DAY arm band for 20.00 They can come back Sat. and Sunday and pay 8.00 each day.
Set up runs until 3:30pm on Friday.
Well after surviving Covid we now have to survive the construction at the Community Center, and new management, both of which seem hostile to our event.
The back entrance is not available for us to use, neither vendors or public. Also, you cannot go from the front gym, or buying floor, directly to the back gym, or contest area.
Entrance to the contest area is only available from the front entrance, or front desk, straight down the long hallway. It has always been tough to draw a crowd back there, now it will be impossible.
Parking will be a problem all weekend. The Community Center is under construction.
VENDORS- you will find vendor parking on the far south side of the building. If you come into the front entrance, it is to the left. You can park clean on down to the ball fields.
The back of the building will have some parking on Sat. n Sunday, but watch for equipment, etc., that is parked in back.
There is a new thru street where vendors normally unload, left at the EYE DR. building. This new street takes you to the back parking area.