We’ve had our fair share of rotten weather at outdoor shows.
- Snow in October at the Cranberry Festival.
- 70 mph straight-line winds in Okoboji.
- Tornado sirens going off in Walnut.
- And last August in Oronoco, rain & more rain.
At Oronoco Gold Rush 2016…
- It poured Thursday night during set-up.
- It rained Thursday night while we slept.
- It rained Friday morning.
- It rained Friday afternoon.
- It rained Friday night.
- It sprinkled off and on a good portion of Saturday.
And then finally the sun decided to bless us on Sunday.
OK. The weather was BAD. But let me give you the good news. The volunteers…let me say that again, THE VOLUNTEERS at Oronoco Gold Rush SAVED THE DAY!
The ground was pretty much saturated before we got there. So there really wasn’t anywhere for the water to go. So when it started raining on Thursday — it only took about 10 minutes before the water in our tent was mid-calf!
We were devastated. We knew we couldn’t expect customers to walk through 8 inches of water to shop! And with so many friends that we only get to see at Gold Rush — the idea of having to shut down was — well — horrible.
But it didn’t take long before the Oronoco Gold Rush Committee Volunteers swooped in. The fire department pumped the water out of our booth yet that evening. Our soaked tablecloths were washed and dried by a kind-hearted volunteer. Friday morning (at 5am) Skyler & Beau were at our booth — armed with a electric pump — to ensure that we would be ready for business at 8am. And then the whole committee checked back on us, regularly, all weekend long.
Yep. It rained. And it rained long and hard. The support we received however from the Oronoco Gold Rush Committee allowed us to be open and serve our customers — without having to “wade in the water.”
So a BIG THANK YOU goes out to the Oronoco Gold Rush Committee. Those folks take a lot of grief, don’t get paid, and in 2016 had to deal with unbelievable weather — and they do it year after year with patience and a smile. We’ll never forget 2016 — not because of the weather — but because of the good people of Oronoco, Minnesota.
Boy, is this summer flying by or what? It’s already less than 3 weeks until Oronoco Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, Minnesota! Just 10 minutes north of Rochester. We are praying that it’s not as wet as it was last year, but if it is, we know we can count on the good folks that run the show to take excellent care of us like they did last year. They are the definition of good people. We are looking forward to the good food at places like the Back Alley Eatery and the Ice Cream Sandwich place on the Main street. But of course we are looking forward to the most are you – our friends that come to see us – so we can catch us and share collecting stories, and maybe sell you another piece or two to add to your collection. 😉 Until then, be safe and pray for good weather!
We had fun at our show in Spirit Lake, now our attention turns to our show in Walnut, Iowa over Father’s Day weekend. We look forward to seeing our friends from the south and west parts of Iowa, as well as Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas, and a scattering of other states.
As usual we’ll probably be mostly set up between 9-10am Friday, and mostly merchandised by around Noon – the official opening of the show. And we’ll be one of the last ones to pull out Sunday night – also as usual. So come see us and share your stories!
Today is the start of our “Antique Season” with our show in the Expo Building at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. A whole bunch of old friends stopped by. And we know of a few more that will be coming tomorrow and Monday too. We’re excited to see you all! And those that can’t make it this weekend know that we are thinking of you and miss you.
We also made some new friends! We dearly hope that you keep stopping by to see us so we can hear more about your collections, the cool things you’ve found, and the adventures that you’ve had.
The show continues tomorrow and Monday, so stop out and see us.
You gotta LOVE Texas!
Michael and I were going through our pictures and ran across this picture of Dad and I in Round Top last fall. We’d been driving all day and made it to Royer’s just in time for our 7pm reservation. Dinner was awesome — But the fun started when we topped it off with the PIE SAMPLER. What’s that you ask? It’s four, yes I said FOUR slices of pie topped off with ice cream!
Yep, You gotta LOVE Texas!
Time for my every-once-in-awhile update of the website! 🙂 Many of the ‘New!’ items have sold, so I moved them to the ‘Past Treasures’ page. I also updated the ‘New!’ page with pictures of just some of the new treasures we have found this past fall and winter in preparation for the coming antique season. Come in, look around, and enjoy!
Tammy had her full knee replacement surgery in the middle of October. It was done as an outpatient. She hobbled home that day at about 5pm. Her recovery is going very well! She has been at or beyond the doctor’s and physical therapist’s expectations at every visit. She is still cautious/a little unsure going down steps, but going up and everything else is good. She is SOOO happy to be without pain! And she is looking forward to having more energy and being back to her normal self for our shows next year. Thank you EVERYONE for your concern, your prayers and your well wishes. They mean a lot to us and we appreciate them VERY much. Have a great Holiday season!