This letter is of special significance in regard to our building project.
I was saddened when we needed to cancel our show this year because our plans were to construct a Club building with some of the proceeds from the show. However there is a plan B and we need everyone’s help in enacting that plan.
First let me explain what the plans for a building are. We would erect a 60×160 building on land acquired on January 10th of this year by the Upper Midwest A-C Club™. On one end of that building would be a 30×60 area that in the future would be a meeting room for Club activities. Utilities would need to wait for a while, however we could build out that area so it’s ready when that time comes.
As you know, we have one Club member who is willing to donate $100,000 towards this project and at our Fall meeting in 2018 a motion was made and approved for the Club to add $50,000 to that fund. In the mean-time the land purchase opportunity arose and the Club decided to purchase land rather than build on the fair-grounds (where we will never own what we build). As a result of the land purchase and the Show being cancelled, moving forward with construction would reduce the Club’s checking account quite significantly. I believe we would be better served if funds could be raised to assist with the building project.
June 7, 2020-
After much discussion, and with much sadness, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Orange Spectacular®. The health and safety of our members, volunteers, exhibitors and guests is our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Directors also believes this is the best decision for the financial stability of the Club.
We will offer several options for activities that have already began, such as raffle ticket sales, swap meet pre-payments, golf cart rentals, vendor contracts and Show Toy pickup.·
The Minnesota Gambling Control Board has approved postponement of the 2020 raffle drawing until July 25, 2021.
o The 2020 raffle tickets that have been sold will be placed in the raffle drawing that will be held on July 25th, 2021.
o The raffle drawing on July 25th, 2021 will be for the same 1960 Allis-Chalmers D14 Tractor.
o Any Club member with unsold tickets please hand write on the tickets the new drawing date of July 25th, 2021 before selling them. This will help clear up any confusion of the revised drawing date.
o If requested, your 2020 raffle ticket money will be refunded.
Swap meet vendors that pre-paid for 2020 space can have it applied towards the 2021 show or receive a refund, if requested.
Golf Cart rentals will be refunded to those who had prepaid.
Vendors who have pre-paid for vendor space will be refunded.
This year’s Orange Spectacular® Show Toys that were planned to be picked up at the show will be shipped to your address. Any toy orders received after June 14th will have a mandatory $15 shipping fee added to the cost of the toy.
We’ll see you next year at our 30th Annual Orange Spectacular® held July 23, 24 & 25, 2021, when we will also be hosting the national Gathering of the Orange – West