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The 2018
Beat the Heat Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Watch this space for the announcement. All tables usually are sold out well in advance of the meet.  There are sometimes a few no-shows among table renters; their tables are always resold with no problem.  A large selection of model railroad items in all scales are available.   Attendance is typically  approximately 400 adults and many youths.

The 2017 Beat the Heat Swap Meet was held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9am-1pm again at the Liberty Traditional School, 3300 N. Lake Valley Road in Prescott Valley AZ 86314. The club held a raffle, door prizes, refreshments, a four-gauge layout, and test track. Club members’ open houses were available to swap meet attendees to view HO, O, and G operating layouts. A list of open houses with directions was available at the swap meet.

The attendance of 401 paid admissions was down some from last year, but the crowds seemed larger and more energetic. We also counted 38 children who all seemed quite excited about Engineer Dan’s layout on the stage. There were twelve guests of the club. We appreciate each and everyone who attended the event. We had 46 vendors who rented 94 tables with only one “no show”. And that was due to an illness in the family.

Again, we included surveys in the vendor’s packets and asked them to give an assessment of this year’s swap meet. Most had favorable comments. For example, club member Anthony Piscitelli said he sold out his table while Ed Marco, from the Phoenix area, said he “loved the show” and sold more than three times the amount as the previous year.

Open Houses (organized by Peter Atonna, longtime member) are a special feature of the swap meet. The attendance at open houses was
good in some and remarkable in others. Atonna reported over 75 visitors while Paul Janowski said he had 140 folks. Dr. Scott Hicks reported 40 attendees visiting his outdoor G gauge and indoor O gauge layouts. Richie Scanapico reported 70 visitors to his outdoor layout while Anthony Piscitelli listed over 20 visitors. Marlin Benson estimated 65 visitors. Members Walt Bowman and Pete Hartman also hosted open houses. The annual bus from Phoenix came to the meet and a few of the open houses and had about 29 folks riding this year.

Contact Dick Gage 802-272-1352 or Larry Gauthier 928-632-4180 for information.

CAMRRC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Serving our members throughout Yavapai County, Arizona in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Mayer and Dewey-Humbolt.