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One Down – The Rest of the Season to Go for Carlisle Events

Largest Vendor Footprint Ever Powers Auto Mania to Start Show Season
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Good weather goes a long way in making an automotive event successful, even when that event is primarily indoors. That was the case recently as Carlisle Events kicked off its 2018 season with Auto Mania, Pennsylvania’s largest indoor and heated swap meet. The Allentown Fairgrounds came to life for its first big event of the season January 19-21 and in doing so, also hosted the largest swap meet footprint ever for this event.

Indoors is never an issue at Allentown, after all, Ag Hall has heat…lots of it, but with unseasonably warm temperatures for January, the outdoor area expanded once more to meet demand. With that growing footprint, combined with the always sold-out indoor area, the 2018 edition of Auto Mania got things going properly for the Carlisle Events team.

While gates opened at 12 p.m. on Friday January 19, there were vendor to vendor sales happening well before that. In fact, the first transaction was spotted sometime after 6 a.m. during a time when a handful of vendors were in early setting up. Talk about not wasting any time. 99% of the rest of the weekend’s transactions happened during normal hours. Between buying and selling automotive pieces and parts, the on-site and farmers market concessions and ticket sales – Auto Mania was once again a smashing success.

In addition to the additional vending spaces outdoors, guests were treated to a dozen or so cars for sale by owner. This is always an added bonus because on nice warm winter days, sometimes car enthusiasts simply want to drive a classic “right now” and take a break from the restoration project they may be working on.

As always, Saturday was THE day for shopping and camaraderie in Allentown! The full day of fun ran from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and for the tens of thousands of guests who made the trip, it was the best outlet for parts buying, picking, flipping and just a generally fun day out of the house. Sunday helped wrap the weekend and guests that came had one final shot at deals within the swap meet and one last chance to connect with old friends before saying goodbye until “the next time.”

Speaking of the next time, Carlisle Events' next offering is in a much warmer climate, Lakeland, Florida. Winter AutoFest 2018 takes center stage February 23-25 and offers a three-day swap meet and car corral as well as a two-day collector car auction. The auction is the first of five slated for Carlisle Auctions in 2018 and as always, is powered by the FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee as well as other great conveniences related to being part of a Carlisle Auction. A complete rundown of this event and others that follow it are available online via the Carlisle Events’ web page;

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Journalist note: Information about Carlisle Events, its event listings, auction offerings and the Carlisle Expo Center is available to journalists by phone:

Michael Garland
Public Relations Manager
717-243-7855 ext. 133

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