What to do when the winds cause numerous cancellations of Reno racing and you’ve already explored the pits? I figured it was time to see what was happening among the vendors in the General Admission area. It seemed like there was a healthy number of booths selling or promoting all the sort of things you would expect at Oshkosh: aviation-related products, non-profit causes, books, jewelry, fly-market-type junk tables, hats and clothing, careers, and, of course, food and drink. We learned from one commercial vendor that his standard booth costs $1400 upfront plus 20% of sales beyond $200. (The 8% state sales tax is handled by RARA and included in this fee.)
It always seem to find one or two Christmas gifts for aviation friends and/or spouse each year and today was no exception. I even splurge for an aviation-theme ring, helping at least one vendor meet his necessary quota to make the benefits of coming to RARA outweigh the costs.