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I'm on the board of the local car council and am in charge of an annual open car show that supports children programs ("Cruisin for the Kids). In the past we had anywhere from 125-95 cars that would register and show their cars.

Today we had the show and only had 35 cars...35!!!!!!!!!! I was talking with some friends of mine about this and they said that the Vette shows they've attended also was down in the number of participants.

Why is that? The economy? The heat of the weather? :huh:
 

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Its my opinion that when money is tight Car shows are last in the list

Craigslist is full of vetts and toys guys are trying to shake.
 

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Here is the flyer we passed out at other car shows, the Shreveport Times ran 6 times 3 months before the show, it was in various regional newspapers, and the radio/TV did PSA's over the same 3 month period. We advertised just as we did the previous years and we got about 100 cars.

As far as other car shows, there was only 1 other one and it started about 5pm (it was a monthly cruise show).

The $30 registration fee couldn't be the issue (or at least I don't think so) because last year it was $25. For the $30 they got, (1)a show t-shirt (2) $85 worth of discount coupon from places such as Buffalo Wild-Wings, Hooters, Saltgrass Steakhouse, Baskin& Robbins Ice Cream, & local movie theaters & other retail establishments AND (3) knowing the monies went to a very worthy cause - The Gingerbread House, a children's advocacy center for physically and sexually abused children, that covers the entire NW Louisiana area. The many businesses who sponsored the show (thank God they did because they saved the day), did so without hesitation because they saw the importance of the Gingerbread House PLUS it was GREAT advertising for them. It will be hard pressed to go back to them next year and ask for a sponsorship with only 35 cars this year. They might as well contribute directly to the charity.

Sorry for venting...I may be taking this personally because I was in charge, but I felt we did everything we could to promote the show and we only had 35 cars?!?!?? If this were a national trend, then I wouldn't feel as bad......:(


 

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I think it depends on the area, weather, any close holidays, and cost.

The only shows I have been to so far this year have all had improved attendance. One was paid and one was free.

I do know of two shows I usually go to that were cancelled this year, so I can't say that whatever is going on is even consistent.
 

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I don't know about your area, but $30 fee seems high to enter.
Average cost around here is $15-$20.

Add in the economy and a lot of guys trying to sell their toys, I don't think the interest is out there.

There is a weekly cruise in down the street from my house. Usuaully 100+ cars there every Wed night. I drove by last week and I don't think there where 30 cars there. And it's free.
 

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I don't know about your area, but $30 fee seems high to enter.
Average cost around here is $15-$20.

Add in the economy and a lot of guys trying to sell their toys, I don't think the interest is out there.

There is a weekly cruise in down the street from my house. Usuaully 100+ cars there every Wed night. I drove by last week and I don't think there where 30 cars there. And it's free.
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I was at the Hot Rod Power Tour and numbers seemed to be a bit down compared to last year for the 3 stops I was at. The economy has been hurting for a LONG while so not sure why you would see such a drastic drop all of a sudden.

The HEAT was terrible to deal with on the Hot Rod Power Tour. It was so freakin hot once you got to the next stop where all the cars were at it was hard to really enjoy without a ton of sweat dripping down your face.
 

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I don't know about your area, but $30 fee seems high to enter.
Average cost around here is $15-$20.

Add in the economy and a lot of guys trying to sell their toys, I don't think the interest is out there.

There is a weekly cruise in down the street from my house. Usuaully 100+ cars there every Wed night. I drove by last week and I don't think there where 30 cars there. And it's free.

10-20 is the norm. The economy is in the pooper for most of the guys around here, in Dallas. Even my wealthy friends are not blowing cash like they used to.
In as much as I can appreciate charities, that doesn't seem to pull much around here.
My bet is charity donations are way down.
 

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I have seen attendance down the past couple of years in my opinion. Here the biggest vette show is at Moroso in July. If I recall it is $25 to register. Most of the general shows are $10 to enter and those are better attended.

Area does make a difference. Here we're still paying $4.30-$4.50 for 93 octane gas. The average guys are not driving as much as they did as a result and I've seen a lot of cars for sale - not many are selling for asking prices.
 

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Sorry this didn't go as well as you hoped it would.

The only way to really understand the low attendance is to get honest feedback from previous participants and ask them why they weren't there this time.

Corvettes at Carlisle had record attendence last August, so it's not like Corvette people aren't attending events anymore.

Hope next year goes better for you.:thumbsup:
 

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I agree with the previous comments that $10 - 20 is more appropriate for car show entry fees. Here in Mich. the goofy 2011 weather has diminished attendance at the car shows and cruises I've attended.
 

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im here in southern Tenn and id say yes attendance is way down ..i went to one straight up show/swap meet ..was very surprised at the outcome.

ON june 4th we have a cruise/show were anything older than 1982 can be driven police escort through town to the civic center for a show on the other end of town ...about a pobably a 20-25 mile cruise ..its all free to enter and attend ..last year there was about 200 cars ..this year id say maybe a little over half that showed up and less than half stayed for the show ..it was Hot out so weather may have played a part ...but weather was about the same last year in my opinion:thud:
 
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