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Today I have received a few emails complaining about the Brat Fest car show.
First let me apologize for the conditions. I fully understand anger and frustration with the dusty conditions.
But that is where my understanding and apologizing ends.
Now to explain
The nice people at Brat Fest came to us a few short weeks ago to ask if we could sponsor a car show. They showed us where they wanted it located and gave us the date and time. We were asked to fit a show in that area on that day in that time….in a few weeks.
We looked at the area and knew that it was not ideal in any way, but we knew it was an opportunity to maybe start something that could grow and become something. We knew people would have reservations and complaints. I personally went around and talked about this to many of the attendees and apologized for the conditions..face to face. I was told, to my face, that it was not ideal but understood.
We also looked at the area and realized that space was a concern. SO we tried to do something similar to Cars on State.and have folks pre-register. This was not meant to create the air of “elite” show or anything more than to create a nice variety of vehicles to fit everyone’s tastes. I wanted new cars, tuners, classics, exotics, and muscle. We had all of that. In my opinion there was a amazing cross section of vehicles.
For anyone to complain that they didn’t agree with some of the cars there…get over yourself. It isn’t always about you.
Trophies. With so little time to prepare and so few cars, we decided to just have the event creator, our owner and kids pick three winners. No judging, no ballots, no classes or rules….just a choice. If you didn’t receive a trophy…get over yourself. It doesn’t mean you don’t have a beautiful vehicle, it just means that another vehicle spoke to the person picking, nothing more.
And also to complain about children or parents with strollers………you do realize it was Brat Fest…right? It is a family event on Memorial Day weekend. It is always full of kids and parents with strollers.
It was FREE….It cost you nothing to attend. No one forced you to come and no one promised you anything.
I am sorry that anyone was disappointed. I never want anyone to walk away from anything with anything but good feelings. That is not always possible. If I had more time, and more control over this event that wasn’t mine I would have done things a lot differently.
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