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Posted August 24, 2012 - 09:31 PM

I have never been to this show . But I am looking to buy an old garden tractor. This show is about a 2 hour drive from my house. Do you guys think it would be worth the drive for me to check it out ? What day would be best Friday or Sat? Is there a lot for sale ? Thanks..

Jack FWIW, I told my friend today this is my second year at Portland and ...if you are looking for anything at all related to a GT and you didn't find it at Portland, you didn't look hard enough. As others have said this is 'the place' to be if you need anything related to a GT...in short YES go and you won't be sorry...Take a pocket of cash so you have some 'barter' power. My good Friend Steve Guider is selling a Ford LGT I think 145 for $300 and it would definitely be worth owning...and he has it at Portland!


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Posted August 24, 2012 - 11:28 PM

Well I went there today. All I can say is WoW ! It was much more than I was expecting. I took my wife with me and hard a hard time getting her away from the antique glass sellers. I also learned that it is a must to have something to ride around on. Between the heat and my worn out knees I didnt even get to scratch the surface. I was worn out by the time I even found where the stuff for sale was at. There is so much to see that it would take days to make a dent in it. I did find a nice AC B10 with a deck, blade , and a tiller that I thought about making an offer on but I didnt. So I came home with an emprty trailer. I will have to go back with something to ride on next time to really enjoy all the show has to offer. At least now I know what to expect and how to prepare. To anyone who hasent been to this show you dont know what your missing ! I wonder how the swap meet compairs to this show ?


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Posted August 25, 2012 - 09:42 PM

Spring swap is big, but accross street where the campers were at during show. There is also a fall one coming in OCT, but not as big, but still worth a trip. Lots depends on weather. I was there today, Sat, and wow, lots of vendors were gone and all packing by afternoon, including us. My partner left about 1:00, after we loaded stuff up on trailers, but me and wife and G-daughter stayed awhile longer and looked around some in barns. Odd part is we sold some stuff AFTER we loaded it, and had to take off again! Lots of people looked at GT14 I bought and wanted to buy. Finally had to put a NOT for Sale sign on it. Didn't sell my MM's today either. Picked up my Gas tank/grill today and few trinket things. Pretty wore out from week, glad it's over. about 3 days is good to me, the rest of week gives you a "burn-out", specially if not selling much. We did pretty good this year tho, was one of better ones.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 12:36 AM

I was there today with my 2 little ones. This is our first year. It was like heaven in the fairgrounds. I spent half the day walking the swap meet. Got a great deal on a snow blade. I brought my Springfield deck with me hoping to sell it but kinda forgot about it after walking in. Although next time I'm definitely bringing at least one tractor and trailer to drive around. Also may think about camping since its 2 hours away and it takes at least 2 days to take it all in. I was told it is a huge show. That's an understatement.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 11:58 AM

my uncle tom was one of the founders of the portland show. he passed earlier this year but his son, my cousin has his tractors there. wish i was closer so we could go but life is that way at times.
here is a pic my cousin posted from this year

this is his plymouth and binder

and one from 2009
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Posted August 27, 2012 - 08:38 AM

...Although next time I'm definitely bringing at least one tractor and trailer to drive around. Also may think about camping since its 2 hours away and it takes at least 2 days to take it all in.

I stopped at fleamarket Saturday and was looking at a couple of items and someone told me about this show... needless to say I'm thinking of plans for next year... So a small rider with a garden trailer for hauling the parts, kids and cooler is acceptable? how about a golf cart? Also what about camping, is that something you have to reserve in advance or first come first serve?

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 09:29 AM

I got back home Sunday evening. Guess I'm one of the die hards that hate to leave. I was out there for 8 days and still didn't get to see it all. The rules for riding carts are changing slightly for next year. All ATV style vehicles are banned. Gator style vehicles are limited to 62 inch width. Golf carts and garden tractors are permitted but the trailer can't be wider than the pulling vehicle. (within reason)There is a $10 riding pass required. Camping is $10 a night plus a $10 dollar campgound fee for non-exhibitors. Exhibitors just pay the $10 fee to camp the whole show. The fee helps offset the cost to maintain the 2 shower house/restrooms in the campgrounds. They are always kept nice. This year the campgounds opened on 8/11 at 7:00 AM. Unless you are lucky enough to get a spot saved by a director, you have to go get in line and save your spot on a first come basis. If you don't need r care about electric service you can get a spot to camp about anytime. I heard they were almost 200 campers down this year. The days to be in the swap area are Wed, Thurs, and Friday. Friday night starts the mass exodus and by Saturday afternoon its looking bare. The ones left Sunday are the real die hards. This was my 38th year there and I'm already counting the days to my 39th!!

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Posted August 27, 2012 - 12:11 PM

Thanks for the info!