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Last year there was a good bit of discontent because of traffic-patterns and bank allocations, etc.

How did the vendors do this year?

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At least some of the tent vendors did not do well in the storm
 

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Had a couple of Italian sausage sandwiches that were great.

However, ordered two buffalo loin sandwiches. Got back to camper, opened them, and found a piece of meat about 1 in. wide, 4 in. long and only 1/16 in thick. What a rip. No more business at buffalo bob's for us.
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The only one I spent a long time talking to was Todd Nelson (Country Gentleman)... for those of you that stopped by his trailer, he was busier than a one armed paper hanger. Very pleased they were shooting registered birds in front of him again. He had to start taking work home around Wednesday or Thursday of Grand week... said most people around him were in the same boat. One gun vendor said that he would not be back next year, not for lack of customers, but because of the rain creating a mud hole at his spot...

The farmer's co-op with the ice cream and the incredible hamburgers always seemed busy...

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Gary, I bought 20 ribeye steaks from Buffalo Bob. These were about 1/2" thick. I grilled them up one night and everybody loved them. Maybe you got one that shouldn't have been served.
 

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I did very well at the Grand. The vendors as a whole took a real beating from the heat and equipment losses due to the 3 big storms that rolled through. Several lost tents. Bob Schults and I both lost awnings. Hottern Grannys cookpot most days. Foot traffic was scarce because of the heat and caused retail sales to suffer for most. Shooting registered targets in front of the vendors really helped this year. Vendors were excluded, with regard to proximity, from all registered shooting in 09. It hurt us all deeply.
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On behalf of the Butcher Block and the Farm Bureau, Thank you for all your business during the Grand. We had another great year. Some of those 100 degree days would have been unbearable if we didn't have great patronage from all of you. We truly appreciate your business. Bring those unpunched cards back next year.

Thanks again.

Ryan Ford, Manager
Randolph County Farm Bureau
Sparta, IL
 

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Wanted to thank the employees at the Farm Bureau/Butcher Block Tent... great service... great food!
After a cookout at our camp area one evening, six of us decided on ice cream and root beer floats. It was after 6:00 pm and we figured they were closed, but we drove to their tent anyway and didn't see a soul. As we walked back to our trucks (pouting), a young lady came running after us wanting to know if we wanted ice cream. She and two young men were cleaning up, but reopened just for us. Three of us asked her if there was any way to have a root beer float. She said that she would get some bottles of A&W from the BB side of the tent and made us some fantastic floats. As we cleansed our palettes with that brew, we all commented that those three young people who smiled and joked with us were first class at customer service.

I can't remember the last time I was in a location where I've met so many appreciative and courteous people as in the Sparta area. Hope to return many more times.

Dennis Kerns
 
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