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April 9, 10 & 11, 2015
(Special thanks to Herb Singe and Marilyn Balduff for sharing their photos
& Marilyn Balduff for writing a recap of the events)
The 24th running of the Bakersfield Swap meet and tour was another great success thanks to the Kern County Model T Club and the Horseless Carriage Club of America.
Thursday was the first day and thirty-five cars went on a short tour, about 90 miles round trip, from the park in Bakersfield to the city of Kernville. They were driven out of town through some very old dry hills. As they continued up the hills, the scenery became greener. Farther along through some curvy roads, they reached the town of Kernville. Here it was green with beautiful big trees. Lunch was served. Then it was back to Bakersfield and preparations for the swap meet the next day.
The swap meet just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The swapping area was increased from last year and it was still a sold out success. The weather cooperated with sunny skies. No wind and swapping temperatures: not too hot and not too cold made swapping a pleasure. Lots of antique cars and parts found new owners. This year we had an exceptional amount of brass lamps for sale which was great for a lot of buyers. There were even lots of antique cars to look at because the cars that had been touring the day before were placed on display for all to see. People came from all over to this swap meet. We even had twelve people that came from Australia and New Zealand.
On Friday evening after a great dinner, a very lively auction was held. The auctioneers, Bill Carpenter and Tom Klecan had just as much fun as the spectators. The prices paid for "junk" because all proceeds were given to the Mendiburu Magic Foundation were amazing. The Mendiburu Magic Foundation at Central California Children's Hospital in Fresno helps Bakersfield children and their families affected by catastrophic illness. This charity provides funds for families that live in Bakersfield to stay in Fresno while their children are being treated at one of the Fresno Hospitals.
Saturday along with swapping was seminar day. The ladies seminar was first. Anne Ottemann talked about antique quilts. The ladies brought many quilts that they had made for all to see. They were really beautiful. Next was the men`s seminar. Red Ladner talked about the history of the H.C.C.A. and his many years of participation in it. Our Club has really grown from those early years and it was interesting to look back at where our Club has come from.
Every year an honored guest is chosen. This year the honored guests were Red and Laurie Ladner. These two people have served our Club in numerous ways for a very long time. Red served on the National Board for many years and ultimately became its president. They have both helped with many, many tours and conventions. At the local level, the Southern California Chapter of the H.C.C.A., they have provided a pancake breakfast each January before touring. In the Fall they have hosted the old timer`s picnic at their home for lots of years.
Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the Bakersfield Swap Meet. Hope to see you there.