It is the start of Summer vacations, and for many, planting season too. But that doesn't mean you can't shoot your airgun! And you'd best, unless you want to lose your touch for the Fall hunting seasons, which will be upon us before we know it!
Started by steveoh, November 30, 2021, 11:38:43 AM
QuoteHello fellow west coast airgun enthusiasts! The date for the 2022 Pacific Airgun Expo at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville (Old Hangtown) moved one weekend to March 19/20 (the fairgrounds had to move my date, but it worked out good with turkey season).This, the weekend before turkey opens, might be a good one to try to schedule for every year.As you will read below, there is still an iffy caveat to us having the show or not, but it is now looking promising enough I want to get this notice out to you so you can get it on your calendar.Finalizing the date and getting this notice out took forever and so the marketing for this next event is getting started quite late primarily because the State of California has made it much harder to put on gun shows. Because they have not been successful at putting an end to gun shows, they have made it almost impossible to get insurance for any weapon show in this state now, "bb gun" (wink wink) shows included.Our show used to be able to use the very inexpensive state fairgrounds insurance (because we are not a "real" gun show), but that has been taken away, and every insurance provider I called that said they do fairgrounds gun show insurance said they can't do it in California any longer.After many attempts I did finally get through to the NRA's insurance branch, and while I don't have an actual firm quote yet, I'm told to expect it to be about the $400 range. Four times more than we were paying, but good enough to finally let you all know it's looking like a show will happen.In the past our show only brought in a few hundred dollars profit, so with increased insurance cost and the increased facility rental (but it's still the best deal I can find with a facility that will actually allow a gun show within a few hours of me), our little Pacific Airgun Expo will have a hard time being on the plus side of zero, but I do this out of love for our sport and in the hope it grows so that our little west coast show could someday make enough money to start paying forward for the next show.I know at my local gun range there are increasing numbers of airguns showing up. Please help get the word out about the show. I'll send a follow up email to you all when I get the flyer artwork done.If you all are still in, I'm in!Michael McKeowninfo@pacificairgunexpo.comwww.pacificairgunexpo.com707-337-9410
Quote from: Steelhead on December 02, 2021, 04:44:14 AMIn all honesty, these and other ideas/improvements have been discussed multiple times about the PAE. When I attended it seemed like the few vendors, myself included, were disappointed with the lack of attendance. I don't have exact numbers, but it was really sparse. About half of the vendors went home after day one. This is not a condemnation of Mike and the PAE itself; I admire that he does the work and takes the risk of trying to put on the best event he can. But it's impossible to pull off without the support of some big name sponsors. The 2020 show had about 4 vendors that I can remember: Nielson Specialty Ammo, Stikman, JSAR, and Born Wild Shooting Chairs (me). The others were, as Steveoh said, guys and gals with used stuff for sale, trade. etc. Most of the money changing hands were between the exhibitors out of boredom. If it was in my back yard I'd go just to rub elbows, talk airguns, and network. But when it's a 4 hour drive, loading up the equipment, getting a hotel, paying the table fees, etc. a person at least wants to see a few more people come through the door. That's the whole point, right? Exposure to general public and the curious. Otherwise, we would bullshit in the forums like this one and achieve the same results from the comfort of our homes. It's a lot of work to go through to get 2 or 3 dozen people over two days. Very few people are driving to Placerville, CA for anything (no disrespect to Placerville) and there are not enough people in the immediate vicinity to warrant a draw for attendance. It's just too far out of the way. The PAE needs to be in a big town with real sponsors, activities, and THE CHANCE to have some people come through the door. I understand that insurances, the state we're in, and overhead costs are a huge hurdle. But denial ain't just a river in Egypt. The current format is like Don Quixote jousting a windmill. I applaud Mike's efforts and like the sign says at the Little League baseball field regarding umpires: 'If you think you can do a better job there's a signup sheet at the snack bar'. However, the variables stacked against the PAE in its current location and format are just not viable for any real numbers nor financially sustainable...for the promoter or the exhibitors.
Quote from: steveoh on January 29, 2022, 09:41:36 AMI'm curious about who is going to show up this year. Vendor tables?Individuals setting up tables? Anything new?