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Old 06-04-2010, 11:12 PM
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Hi friends,
I'm fairly new to these forums, but love these airplanes and can't wait to start building one. I think I'm going to make my first visit to Oshkosh this year, and have a quick question: What is the last day at Airventure like? This year, it's Sunday August 1st. Are all the vendor booths still up and running? Workshops, etc? I'm planning to have a few days there, but don't want to have this be one of them if everything is starting to shut down. Thanks for your thoughts!

I'm definitely looking forward to meeting lots of you and checking out some of your handiwork!

Thanks,
Mark
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:45 PM
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My observation is that a lot of RVs seem to arrive
early in the week and leave before the weekend.
Of course, there will be some there all week.

I don't know much about vendors on the weekend

Tom
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:35 AM
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As Tom mentioned, Monday through Wednesday are the when most of the RVs are parked. Many start leaving on Wednesday.

The workshops are per the schedule that will be published on the EAA site and do continue through the last weekend. You can review the schedule a couple weeks in advance.

The vendor exhibits will still be open, but most of the people manning the booths will be exhausted. I typically leave on Saturday, so I can't speak to the experience you may have the last weekend.

While you can have a great time later in the week, I would attempt to go as early as you can. If you are only spending a few days, there is no way you'll be able to see everything. If you are wanting to look at other RVs, you'll want to be there the first of the week to ensure you get the most aircfraft to see.

If you are looking for a demo ride, be sure to head to the Van's tent the first. The slots fill up qucikly.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:53 AM
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Since Louise and I were both "working the show" for our employers last year, we stayed until the bitter end....and were practically the last RV out on Sunday. EXTREMELY lonely by that day.....
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:50 AM
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Agree with Bob L. - there's a crowd turnover that takes place around Thursday/Friday and we also usually leave Saturday. Might be different this year since Saturday night will have a night air show! I know we're giving serious thought about staying for that!

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Old 06-06-2010, 10:58 PM
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Thanks for the information guys. Tremendously helpful!
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:36 AM
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Mark, I went to Oshkosh one year back when it started on a Thursday and the last day was the following Wednesday. As usual, I showed up early and camped till the weekend, then left.

Because I was off on Wednesday then, I decided to hop into the Yankee and fly back up for the last day. It was really depressing -- kinda like a Baby Gap. Almost all of the planes were gone, with just ghosts of airplanes in the grass where people had trampled the grass flat. Vendors were mostly around, but packing up. It was a pointless trip.

It may be different nowadays, with it starting on Monday and finishing on the weekend, but since most people have to travel on the weekend, it's still a ghost town at Oshkosh on the last day, I'll bet.
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I've typically visited on Friday and Saturday, since work makes it hard to get away earlier in the week. I've always sensed that I'm missing some things that go on earlier in the week, but if those are the only days you can make it, it's definitely still worth going. There have always been a good supply of RV's to ogle and the vendors may have more time to chat since they're less busy.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:22 PM
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A lot of the vintage planes have left by the end of the week, and I'm sure it is slower paced by then.

I'm hoping to make it for day 1 with my wife this year - she wants to see 14,000 airplanes arriving on the same day!

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I also really like being at OSH on Sunday.
Lots of arrivals.
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