Benjamin Maggi wrote: ↑Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:12 am
Two other factors to consider:
1.) Just because a show might be permitted doesn't mean that people will attend. The age range of many modelers would put them in the "high-risk category.
2.) Should a show be cancelled, the organization putting it on would likely take a financial hit (and not just the rent aspect). At the same time, if it goes on but it poorly attended (see #1 above) then they still might take a financial hit.
If your show isn't paying the rent on the place off the table sales you're not doing it right.
Keep the advertising to low or no cost outlets like Facebook, this site and others. A lot of these shows don't seem to do any serious advertising (relying on mostly flyers put out at other shows and maybe a website) and still get good attendance. If you can't get enough volunteers, ask the clubs participating to provide some people to help man tickets or doors or to stay on after and help pick up, whatever the need is.
The Fulton guys I think did almost no advertising at all for June and still made some money. A little over 150 people came, all ages, some drove an hour to get there. The die-hards will always come. A lot of people are tired of this silly crap.
And a one day show can certainly be cancelled right up to the week of the event with no real ill effect, depending on your venue maybe you lose a deposit, maybe you work out a deal with them ahead of time in case the health department or whatever decides to stick their nose in. Even a small two-day that would apply to.
A large show like a Hamburg or Syracuse, is another story; you'd have to go in with a safety plan like open stores have and all that nonsense. But it doesn't look like the King is leaving the throne anytime soon, so you may as well get used to it and start planning these things. Otherwise you're never going to have another show. I would get with the health people or whoever else and find a way to make it work.