1. Do you enjoy or participate in the Tractor Games? Are prizes important to you if you win?
I enjoy them but seldom partake or watch because I prefer to look at others tractors and talk with their owners.
2. Do you like getting Trophies for your Tractor Restoration abilities, or are these now a thing of the past?
Never cared much for trophies, besides, I have too many now. I don't like competition. Car shows are ruined by trophies and who's is "best". A "peoples choice" and/or "sponsors choice" trophy is fine - but not 30 trophies for 30 different categories.
3. Would you rather set up your display on grass or blacktop?
Grass. I take a Quick-Up 10 X 10 shade canopy to all shows and its much easier to stake down when not on asphalt.
4. While attending a show that is more than one day, what types of food would you like to see offered?
Need food that is not on a bun. The MRS is an insulin dependant diabetic and can't have much bread. If she has a burger at lunch she can't have any bread at dinner.
5. Is a DJ fine, or would a live band be more enjoyable?
I'd prefer no music at the show. The music tends to be overly loud and there is no conversing with others while the music is going.
6. How often do you listen to, or pay attention to the commercials on the Radio while driving your car/truck, or working in the shop?
I channel surf when a commercial comes on. Commercials drive me insane. [thats not a very long trip!]
7. Do you buy or enjoy homemade baked goods if offered at a show?
8. Which would you rather attend, a one day show, a two day show, or a three day Holiday weekend show?
When I was younger I loved three day-ers. I'd take vay-cay from work on Friday and spend the weekend. Now days my body won't hold up to that much "fun". One day is prefered, two days is plenty if long distance travel was involved. If its a 2 day-er I prefer Friday/Saturday. Sunday I can mow the yard or rest up for work on Monday morning.
9. Which season of the year would you rather prefer to set up at: Spring, Summer, or Fall?
With my job, spring already keeps me way too busy. Summer slacks off at work and I like to attend a show every weekend. Fall seems to have plenty of shows already. [at least around here]
10. If attending a show that you really liked, how likely are you to support the Sponsors that made the show happen?
Some things that always need to be done:
Make exhibitors feel welcome and appreciated. It doesn't take trophies or cash awards. They brought their toys out to share with everyone. Have a show official stop by and thank them personally. Shake their hand and show interest in the display, and the fact that they made the effort to bring a display.
I could write a book on what not to do at shows. Couple of the biggies are:
1. If an exhibitor wants to park his pickup and trailer behind his display, let-em!!!! This is especially true for the hit-N-miss engine guys. They need access to their tools.
2. If you have to charge a small fee for golf carts thats fine. do not charge the butt buggy fee to antique, display garden tractors!! That seems like a no-brainer to me but try to display a garden tractor at the Boonville, MO show and see where that gets ya. They have a guy that will pull your keys out of garden tractors until such time as he has proof you bought butt buggy permits for every tractor.
3. Don't nit-pick at the little things any exhibitor does. If a garden tractor exhibitor wants to park with the farm tractor exhibits, let-em. Maybe he has buddies that brought farm tractors. I've seen exhibitors get run off because they didn't want to park in the designated areas. I've seen show officials ask exhibitors to move a tractor three feet when it wasn't blocking anything. "You can't park there" will make even the most enthusiastic exhibitor decide that for next years show he will just be too busy to make it.