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NOVEMBER 7, 2016


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November 7, 2016

It’s Over !

It’s always a little sad, or at least nostalgic, to say goodbye to another season of the outdoor activities at MMOGTA. While we’ll all be thrilled to see the political campaign end, and we all cheered with the Cubs at the final out of the World Series, we really hate to close those gates at the Showgrounds and call a close to the 2016 season for our club. It has been fun, and like always, there have been better moments and worse moments, but we’re still proud of our accomplishments and our progress. Difficult decisions have been made, as we do our best to secure the future success of our organization. We endured again the fickle nature of Michigan weather during the show, but we survived it. We thought the place would never dry out…but it did. Thought the weather would never clear in time for harvest…but it did. We worried as always about whether all the tasks would get done…but they did. And now we find ourselves facing the dormant season. The time when all of those decisions have to be made for next year. It should be a big one, too, with the National Gathering of the Orange being hosted here for the first time. We find ourselves faced with new challenges, such as a 4 day show, and working with an outside entity. We’ve done it before, so we’re aware of the extra time and effort required. We worry about the logistics of dealing with the traffic congestion on the field during the show, and we recognize the potential problems that can and do happen. We know with every expansion of our show and facilities, there is an extra measure of output required from our membership. We worry about participation levels, and how we will get it all done. Just like every other year.

But this is the part of 2016 where we’re laying the foundations for 2017, all the “behind the scenes” jobs that most don’t see, but that must be done in order for it all to happen again next year. The schedule, the book, the planning, the communication, etc. that has to be in place during a time when the rest of the world is still thinking about Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and Christmas. Forty years ago, when this was all begun, none of us really envisioned the scope of what was to come, but here we are. The game has gotten bigger than the players, so to speak. While we used to think about things like how will we get a new tire on our tractor in time for the show, or finish a paint job by the first pull, now we spend much of our energy worrying about how much liability coverage do we need, or how many vendors can we fit in, or do we have enough electrical capacity for another building, etc, etc. We are the victims of our own success, I guess, and probably should be proud of that, while we recognize that nothing is as constant as change, and not all change is progress.

Although my performance has been very spotty in this space in recent months, as always, I pledge to try to do better. Be prepared for a few more months of listening to me bitch about the misery of wintertime Michigan. But most of all, be prepared for the promise of yet another glorious Michigan Spring !! We’ll leave you with an assortment of late season photos from various aspects of our group, including the last cement pull, the raffle winners, Roger’s Corn Husking Bee, and a last look at the fall colors on the Showgrounds.

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