Welcome to the Wisconsin State Fair

Have you ever held an event, perhaps for work, where a party is advertised for, say, three hours but everyone has left after two hours except that one lonely and annoying guy who just wants to hang with you because he has no one else to spend time with? And, you have to stay 'cause the announcement said the party wouldn't be over yet? Well, that's a bit how the kit vendors seem to feel about the last weekend of AirVenture.Anyone who has stayed at AirVenture through the bitter end knows that most pilots have flown off to home by noon on Saturday and the weekend vibe is definitely more of a state fair with a very cool air show rather than an aviation gathering. Yet, the vendors must stay open despite a distinct decrease in interest from visitors. As I cruised through the homebuilt kit manufacturers area on Saturday, lots of folks were dragging their toddlers in wagons and strollers to see the war birds but our friends at the Kitfox, Rans, Sonex, and other kit manufacturers booths were twirling their thumbs and checking out their phones. Some even privately call Sunday "Vendor Visiting Day". They report a good week overall but things pretty much grind to a halt on the weekend.

So, if you are considering a new project and would like some quality, one-on-one time with factory representatives, try coming in for the last weekend. They'll likely welcome someone with serious interest.

Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

2 Replies to “Welcome to the Wisconsin State Fair”

  1. Interesting comments and a good idea. I remember the comment that most of the week was like that when the show started on Friday and many folks left by Tuesday morning. I was hoping to stay until Sunday but the TSRAs in the weather forecast at home for Sunday dictated otherwise. I’m sitting home today looking at LIFR conditions on Monday, glad I bugged out. Back to the workshop!

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