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Rain dampens BFA attendance

June 1, 2011

Luke and Noah Schneider check out the garden tractors Saturday during the BFA show. Staff photo/William Laney

The 22nd annual Buckeye Farm Antiques (BFA) Show went on without a hitch despite periods of inclement weather, one of the organizer’s says.
“We had a big rain on Thursday and Saturday,” BFA Advertising Director Esther Gaier said. “So attendance was down a bit because of that, but we had good attendance on Saturday and Sunday. We had attendance of about 5,000 the four days.”
Due to the weather, the tractor and truck pulls, which typically bring in large crowds, had to be cancelled, along with the garden tractor show.
Gaier said while this had a negative impact on attendance, that the events have been rescheduled at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds. The tractor pull has been rescheduled for Aug. 14 while the truck pull will be Aug. 21.
“That played a big part in our attendance being down a little,” Gaier said, “but we were able to get them rescheduled so people will not miss them.”
Gaier said that the outdoor equipment demonstrations drew good crowds, including the sawmill and shingle mill displays. She noted that due to the pulls being cancelled, it in turn made for bigger turnouts at the nightly entertainment events.
“We still had a good tractor turnout despite the conditions caused by the weather,” Gaier said. “A lot of farmers did not bring tractors in because they were anticipating getting into the field because of all the rain, but we still had 210 tractors total.”
Also, approximately 55 garden tractors were on display at the event.
Exhibitors came from the states of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, California, New York, Ohio as well as from Canada. The car show and flea and craft market were also well-attended, Gaier said.
“Considering the weather, everything went well,” Gaier said. “We were worried about attendance early. Everything turned out find and it was an overall success.”

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