There is no way, when all of the facts
were analyzed, that the show could have taken place. The grounds
were truly under water and a lot of it! It rained very hard, all
night long, on the eastside. Some of the RVs were already starting
to sink into the sandbased field. Many of the large canopies had
collapsed under the weight of the rain water down the ring gates.
Thunderstorms were forecast for the area and Marymoor Park has a
history of lightening strikes. And it was still pouring rain. Safety
had to be our first consideration.
Once the announcement was made, our club members
and the BaRay Event Services people went to work immediately to
clear away the destroyed canopies, take down all of the rings, collect
all of the chairs and tables, stow all of the gear, pick up the
trash, assist in getting the RV's, cars and trailers off the fields
with as little damage as possible, and assist our exhibitors in
any way possible.
A special THANK YOU to everyone from BaRay event
services. Their assistance was invaluable and well beyond anything
that I expected. Del, Sharon and Sheila are the kind of people that
are great to have beside you in time of need. Never thought that
I would see rain dripping off of Del's nose (very funny), or Sheila
as wet as the ducks that started wandering the grounds.
The crew of teens that worked with us were wonderful.
Rarely have I seen any group of people so willing to help so quickly,
with little regard for their own comfort. These are teens that any
parent would have been proud of. Thank you Brian and Patrick and
the other young ladies and gentlemen whose names I do not know.
Your hard work and initiative are more than appreciated!
Bo did a very nice job of putting his first show
together; unfortunately, Mother Nature once again showed that she
can be very unpredictable and not always nice. It's Washington;