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  • 52-fan
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    I got to go to one York swap meet over 25 years ago, but my very young daughter kept me from staying long. I always wanted to go back. I guess I better make plans for 2017.

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  • rockne10
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    Originally posted by 56Golden View Post
    And I'll bet there was plenty of Yuenglings flowing in Mike's garage too!
    THAT has never stopped!

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  • 56Golden
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    Originally posted by Avantidon View Post
    Folks as a Keystone member, former chapter president and supporter of the Swap Meet the time has come. There is a time and place and there is an end for all good things and next year is it for the York Swap Meet.
    Maybe it's time to take another look!?!?

    Take a second look at the path our leaders wanted to take this club at the BoD Meeting during the 2000 Madison IM. Just a part of that "new direction" was to "contract-out" our meets. For those of you not familiar with what all "Happened-in-Madison" …and have a collection of old TW issues …take a good look at the minutes of that meeting published in the January, February & March 2001 issues of TURNING WHEELS. And YES, it took 3 monthly issues of TW to cover all that went on in that ONE all-important BoD meeting!!!

    I have no opinion one way or the other whether our club should have taken that new direction. Might make for an interesting "what-if" discussion ...now that 16 years have passed.

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
    I've attended every Keystone National Swap Meet since 1976, when it was still held in Reedsville; and every Reedsville Meet since the Keystone moved to York. I've had the advantage of living within a couple hour drive. I know my vehicles would have never reached the condition they are in without those gatherings. Not just for the parts; actually minimally for the parts; mainly for the people who are always eager to answer a question or suggest a solution. They are like a two day Studebaker Co-operator live symposium, replete with parts.
    It has been several years since I had to actively prowl for parts, yet I wouldn't miss a swap meet. But that has a double edge. Vendors won't travel far if they can't anticipate active shoppers. And there are probably more of our vehicles now in a state of maintaining, rather than building.

    The Keystone Meet began in Mike Margerum's garage in Elizabethville, PA, when a small group of Studebaker fun lovers gathered to see if anyone else could use some of the spare parts that had been gathered in the course of their own projects. The transactions were primarily "swaps", with little money changing hands.
    I have never been a vendor at one of these meets. I have delivered some pre-sold items to various meets. However, I have spent my share of cash at the meets (parts, literature to whole cars). I also attended that first one in Elizabethvile. I have attended many, but not all, in Reedsville, York and South Bend.

    I can understand the changing environment and the reasons for discontinuing these meets. In two weeks, I am going to a meeting of another group that is at the point of disbanding. I can understand burn-out. I either ran or was a major part of our SDC chapter annual meet from the beginning. After 23 years, I announced that I was discontinuing my effort in organizing and running the meet after the 25th (two years notice). When it was time for the 26th, I was asked about the particulars for that meet. I replied that I did not know as I was not running it and I did not know who picked up the baton (no one did).

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  • Avantidon
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    Folks as a Keystone member, former chapter president and supporter of the Swap Meet the time has come. There is a time and place and there is an end for all good things and next year is it for the York Swap Meet. I personally THANK all Vendors who have supported the meet from its hmble beginnings 44 years ago. I also THANK all Keystone members who have put heart and soul into this meet through the years. Thanks to Tom Erhart, Bob Sheaffer and others who extended the life of the Swap Meet for the past 5-6 years. Through their efforts it lasted a few more years. Now it's time for one last big party in 2017 snd believe me it will be just that. Come and join in the fun. I'll be there will you?

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  • karterfred88
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    Sad news, though not totally unexpected. I've gone there since moving to the "right" coast, but time marches on. Macy's, J.C. Penney, Sears, on their way out, too. Retail might be gone in 20 years, too, we are about to "out tech" ourselves into history. That being said, I've just circled it on next years calendar. See you there, hopefully.

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  • 56Golden
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    Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
    <snip>The Keystone Meet began in Mike Margerum's garage in Elizabethville, PA, when a small group of Studebaker fun lovers gathered to see if anyone else could use some of the spare parts that had been gathered in the course of their own projects. The transactions were primarily "swaps", with little money changing hands.

    And I'll bet there was plenty of Yuenglings flowing in Mike's garage too!
    https://www.yuengling.com/over21/ove...2Four_story%2F

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  • rockne10
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    I've attended every Keystone National Swap Meet since 1976, when it was still held in Reedsville; and every Reedsville Meet since the Keystone moved to York. I've had the advantage of living within a couple hour drive. I know my vehicles would have never reached the condition they are in without those gatherings. Not just for the parts; actually minimally for the parts; mainly for the people who are always eager to answer a question or suggest a solution. They are like a two day Studebaker Co-operator live symposium, replete with parts.
    It has been several years since I had to actively prowl for parts, yet I wouldn't miss a swap meet. But that has a double edge. Vendors won't travel far if they can't anticipate active shoppers. And there are probably more of our vehicles now in a state of maintaining, rather than building.

    The Keystone Meet began in Mike Margerum's garage in Elizabethville, PA, when a small group of Studebaker fun lovers gathered to see if anyone else could use some of the spare parts that had been gathered in the course of their own projects. The transactions were primarily "swaps", with little money changing hands.

    I believe it still qualifies as the largest all-Studebaker swap meet and, in spite of the absence of many of the major vendors who have either passed away, been consolidated or simply burned out, anyone in the midst of a project would be hard pressed to find a better opportunity to advance their progress. It would be nice to see the faithful, as well as those who've never been, show up to see what it has been, and help it go out with a bang, rather than a whimper.
    Last edited by rockne10; 08-20-2016, 04:51 PM.

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  • 56Golden
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    Originally posted by larkregal62 View Post
    <snip>---How is the situation in South Bend with those willing to keep it going??
    Good question! Only one person left that I'm aware of who has worked EVERY Meet held in SB since 1968 ---John Nemeth. Many other of us have retired our snow shovels and moved to sunny, warm Florida

    Many Pioneer Auto Club members pitched in to help for the 2007 SB International Meet, but that too is an aging club. http://www.pioneerautoassn.com

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  • 56Golden
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    Just read the 2017 York Meet ad on page 42 of the Aug. TW. The tag line reads:

    "The original and longest-running Studebaker Swap Meet in the World"

    What's this world coming to anyway

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  • larkregal62
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    Max Corkins will have to make that decision, but I know he has many of the same issues. Max is also our age, and has quite a few health issues. Hopefully, since Steve Grant is a bit younger, and has started his new meet this year, he will perhaps continue successfully---How is the situation in South Bend with those willing to keep it going??

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by 64V19816 View Post
    Is Reedsville next?
    I've never been to Reedsville, but I would think it would get a bump up in participation upon York's demise. BP

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  • 64V19816
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    Is Reedsville next?

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  • 53commander
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    Sad news for sure.

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  • larkregal62
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    Sad but true, Chris. AACA is having the same troubles at Hershey. Fewer vendors every year--fewer attendees also. Many that do attend are from out of country. Whole trend seems to be of lack of interest in anything these days by the younger generation unless it is computerized. Look at Bob Peterson's post==a fantastic opportunity at a give a way price, and no takers. Then if he has to send it out of country or to the scrapper, some on the forum will be quick to denounce him. It is the same kind of criticism Keystone is receiving for ending the SYSM, but none of the complainers are willing to assume the responsibility of making it continue successfully.

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