NAMES is a Not for Profit, all volunteer group. That sets the show up. Some of the city workers are union, but they don't charge the same fees they do at Cobo. We also have had the same dates since the start of the show. This will be the 26th year.We cant complain about the admission prices!! Just think about all the new fees and tax's that have been dumped on us in this Obama economy, the cost for free insurance gets passed down the road to someone, this includes the building liability fees and rental fees. It wont be long and these clubs will no longer be able to afford any of this, The NAMES show has the Yack arena which allows them to setup without union workers or the needing of special fees, which can help with the cost. The bottom line is the cost will go up due to the Insurance premiums rising!!
Since we are a non profit educational group located in Michigan, we have to follow the laws of Michigan in regards to how we operate etc. So many rules that they have lawyers that only do non profits. Making sure that the show stays legal.
When you are operating a business, you have to make a profit to keep operating. With the auction and show the bottom line is people thru the gate.
I hear many times from people that DO NOT have any idea about the real deal of putting on a show, let alone the costs and legal hoops that have to be jumped thru. For NAMES it is a year around work in progress. There are exhibitors that will steal the extension cords when they are packing to leave. I have caught one using acetone to try to remove the NAMES label on the cord, and it goes on and on.:shrug:
But the biggest threat to any and all shows, large and small are the simple fact that the number of people that are interested in steam, and other model equipment or full size are growing smaller each passing month mainly due to age, and the banking of the fires of life.
All we can hope for is new people coming into the hobby to keep it alive. So SUPPORT your local and other shows. When you can since most have dates for a year or two a head. Planning, planning and planning your trips!