Toledo R/C Swap Meet, Auction and Fun Fly 2021

This well-known, two-day experience will take place on April 9 and April 10 at the Seagate Convention Centre, located in Toledo, Ohio.

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An RC Right of Passage...the Swap Must Go On

AFTER 65 YEARS one of the countries largest R/C Swap Meets and Auctions...MOVES TO THE MAIN FLOOR!

2021 brings us a new beginning for a decades old event, the R/C Swap Meet and Auction in downtown Toledo. After the disappointing announcement was made that the Toledo R/C Expo was coming to an end, a small group of R/C enthusiasts (and swappers) weren’t quite ready to see their early April swap meet shenanigans cease to exist. Through their growing partnerships with the Seagate Convention Centre, the Valley City Radio-Controlled Club, and Hank’s Hobby Hangar (Valley City, OH), the swappin’ fun will continue! “This is awesome news! It was always kind of a Spring passage...it's time for the flying season and Toledo!” stated Scot Layton, of Grand Ledge, Michigan in a current digital forum thread on R/C Groups.

COVID Guidelines

First and foremost, the Toledo R/C Swap Meet/Auction and the Seagate Convention Center will follow all local and state-mandated COVID-19 guidelines and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of all those who attend. Recommendations of all health agencies involved will be strictly monitored and enforced. This venue has over 65,000 sq. ft. to help ensure social-distancing.

  • This AMA-sanctioned swap meet will take place on Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and Saturday, (9:00 AM to 2:00 PM).
  • The auction will start promptly at the conclusion of the swap meet on Saturday, and continue until all items are sold.
  • One-day admission is $10.00 for adults and women and children (under 12 years of age) are FREE!
  • There will be 50/50 and R/C related merchandise raffles as well as vendor giveaways on both Friday and Saturday.
  • Concessions will be offered by the Seagate Convention Centre, and there is an ATM located on site.
  • Vendors will receive 1 (ONE) FREE ADULT ADMISSION, 5 (FIVE) FREE R/C RAFFLE TICKETS, and 5 (FIVE) GIVEAWAY TICKETS with every table purchased!

FunFly

What’s better than friendship, flying and fun? On Friday evening (starting at 7:00 PM), there will also be an AMA-sanctioned Indoor Fun Fly at the Seagate Convention Center. This event will follow all AMA guidelines in regards to indoor flying events, and like the swap meet/auction, all local and state-mandated COVID-19 guidelines and procedures will be strictly monitored and enforced.

Raffles

This event will also feature 50/50 and R/C-related merchandise raffles as well as vendor giveaways. What a great way for the vendors, swappers, and other AMA members to start their weekend! There will be a $10 Landing Fee collected for all pilots. Table reservations have already begun and are coming in fast and furious! Vendor-selected placement will be made on a first come first serve basis. 8’ tables are being offered at $25.00 each/per day, payable with submission of the registration form. All vendors will be able to set up on Thursday, April 8 (11:00 AM - 5:00 PM) or Friday/Saturday (starting at 6:30 AM).

Info

Registration forms as well as additional vender information are available at the Toledo R/C Swap Meet and Auction website.

Please contact Henry Rauhaus, Event Manager, with any questions at 330.419.2029 or [email protected].

Last edited by Jim T. Graham; Jan 27, 2021 at 12:16 PM..
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Jan 27, 2021, 12:45 PM
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I Am So Excited...


We were all saddened to hear that the Toledo Weak Signals Expo came to end in 2020. No matter the cause...its run of over 60 years was pretty darn cool! Like many modelers and hobbyists alike, I remember attending the show back in the '80s, when it was held in the old Sports Arena. The main floor was fantastic...but my love of the swap meet was instant and undeniable! Heck...the one year my Dad decided that he wanted to liquidate some of his hobby store inventory, so we took our RV and headed to the Toledo Sports Arena. We stood in line for what seemed like days, and finally managed to score just two stinkin' tables. Once inside...we were a** to elbows in buyers and sellers...all things R/C...and I was in heaven! WHAT A RUSH! There is no feeling quite trading at an R/C swap meet

Over the last fifteen years, I looked forwad to heading to the Toledo SeaGate Center with truck and trailer in tow (and eventually multiple 26' moving trucks) sometime late Wednesday night/Thursday morning during that first week in April. We needed to get there early so that we could hold our place in line...eventually securing the tables we wanted to set our swap meet items on. Man...nothing like that feeling! We loved hanging out with our Toledo R/C swap meet friends one weekend a year. It was like a gathering...an R/C FAMILY REUNION!

I am so excited to be part of the group that is responsible for bringing a good 'ole R/C swap meet back to the SeaGate Centre!
Jan 27, 2021, 01:18 PM
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Ok so its just the swap meet then?
Jan 27, 2021, 01:32 PM
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Ok so its just the swap meet then?
That is correct...it is a swap meet, auction and fun fly. This is not affiliated with the exceptional Expo that the Toledo Weak Signals hosted for over sixty years. The group I have been working with weren't quite ready to let this Spring right of passage end just yet. Saying that...hopefully this event will eventually grow into something much much bigger...on the otherside of COVID of course
Feb 05, 2021, 02:47 PM
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That is correct...it is a swap meet, auction and fun fly. This is not affiliated with the exceptional Expo that the Toledo Weak Signals hosted for over sixty years. The group I have been working with weren't quite ready to let this Spring right of passage end just yet. Saying that...hopefully this event will eventually grow into something much much bigger...on the otherside of COVID of course
Hi Hank!

Is there any way to pay for tables via PayPal or credit card? We would like to secure 5 tables.

Sincerely,
Doug and Becky
WillyNillies.com

PS: Is there any discount if we wear one of your T-Shirts you gave us 2019??? :-) Just kidding. Very happy you took this on. You would remember us if you saw us. :-)
Feb 05, 2021, 04:25 PM
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need some tables and how much is it looking to be per table we need 4
Feb 05, 2021, 08:37 PM
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Hi Hank!

Is there any way to pay for tables via PayPal or credit card? We would like to secure 5 tables.

Sincerely,
Doug and Becky
WillyNillies.com

PS: Is there any discount if we wear one of your T-Shirts you gave us 2019??? :-) Just kidding. Very happy you took this on. You would remember us if you saw us. :-)
Hey Brother....so glad to hear you are joining in on the fun. I am sending a PM your way shortly.
Feb 05, 2021, 08:37 PM
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need some tables and how much is it looking to be per table we need 4
It was so nice talking with you this evening. I am an email heading your way shortly.
Feb 11, 2021, 06:44 PM
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Woo Hoo! We have 5 tables reserved! Thank you Henry!

Please come see WillyNillies.com at the Toledo RC Swap Meet! :-)

Sincerely,
Doug and Becky
Feb 11, 2021, 10:43 PM
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Woo Hoo! We have 5 tables reserved! Thank you Henry!

Please come see WillyNillies.com at the Toledo RC Swap Meet! :-)

Sincerely,
Doug and Becky
Can't wait to see all of my old friends. I will be sending out a mass email to all clubs within 200 miles of Toledo first of next week...you will be listed as one of vendors already signed up. Thanks brother...can't wait to get some of your kits in my shop!
Feb 11, 2021, 10:45 PM
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So Sorry....


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need some tables and how much is it looking to be per table we need 4
I just saw this post...my apologies. Tables are $25 per table per day. PM me your email and I will send you an application. You can either mail it in or you can pay via Paypal . Thanks for your interest!
Feb 18, 2021, 10:36 PM
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Update - 02/18/2021


First of foremost, I would like to personally thank all of the vendors/swappers who have purchased tables and plan on attending this exciting event thus far. To date, there are almost two dozen commercial vendors coming...and that number seems to grow each day. We can't do this without you! We have already sold OVER 150 TABLES! Just tonight, I sent out an email to all AMA Clubs within 200 miles of Toledo about this event. I am sure we will see an uptick in registrations received in the near future!

We have worked with the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel and are happy to announce that they will be offering a block of 50 (fifty) rooms at a discounted price! This is the closest hotel to the SeaGate Centre. These rooms need to be booked by March 11, 2021. Click the following link which will assist in your reservation: Book your group rate for Toledo R/C Swap Meeting Room Block [marriott.com]


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. I want to make sure you have all information available.
Feb 18, 2021, 10:46 PM
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UPDATED *04/01/2021* Commercial Businesses, Vendors and Organizations


Current List of Businesses/Organizations Attending

  • Ritch’s Brew
  • Nankin Hobbies
  • TGK Connectors
  • WIND Catcher R/C
  • EZ Build (formerly Lazer Toys)
  • Innov8tive Designs
  • Sky Bench Aerotech
  • Willy Nillies
  • Carolina Custom Kits
  • Moustache Model Works
  • Team KNK Hardware
  • Metal Aviation
  • Hank’s Hobby Hangar
  • Hobby Liquidators
  • ICBIM Products
  • Tom Martin Radio Control
  • ElectroDynamics
  • National Balsa
  • Micro Fasteners
  • Ohio Superstar Products, Inc.
  • Dave’s R/C Electronics
  • B & B Specialties
  • R/C Battery.com
  • ASOK RC
  • Ohio Superstar Products
  • Loyalhanna Dockyard
  • Hartman Models
  • MECA (Model Aircraft Collectors Association)
  • Maumee Valley Scale Boat Club
  • NASA (National Association of Scale Aeromodelers) \
  • Keystone Clippers
  • AMA
Last edited by bighank13; Apr 01, 2021 at 07:36 AM.
Feb 19, 2021, 05:41 PM
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OH MAN!!! You forgot WillyNillies.com!!!!!! 5 Tables!!!!
Feb 19, 2021, 07:34 PM
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OH MAN!!! You forgot WillyNillies.com!!!!!! 5 Tables!!!!
Sweet Mother of Jesus....how could I do that! I can't wait to get my hands on a little falcon or skylark...and with the .049 brushless motors....AWESOME!


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