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With the high risk of infection from the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety of vendors, attendees and staff foremost in our minds, the Pate Swap Meet has postponed the upcoming 48th Pate Swap Meet. The new dates of the event will be October 1 through October 3, 2020, the same Thursday through Saturday days as always. The now-postponed dates were to have been April 30th through May 2nd.
The Texas Motor Speedway has confirmed the new dates so they are firm.
Of course, the space reservations you are currently holding for the 2020 Pate event will be fully honored for the new dates. Everyone who has paid to renew their 2019 Pate Swap Meet spaces or who have paid to purchase new spaces can have their reservations and fees rolled over to the new event dates. Alternatively, if you wish to cancel your spaces for the new dates, you will receive a full refund of all of the fees you have paid for your spaces.
An online form is provided for you below to notify us of your decision.
We share our vendors' and patrons' disappointment about how things have turned out. However, these are very unusual and risky circumstances. It is important that we help protect the health and safety of all who would attend such a large event.
The illness from the virus that has been so prominent in the news (COVID-19) is now a pandemic. A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new and novel virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against any new novel virus, it spreads worldwide. The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person.
To control the outbreak, governments and ordinary common sense are attempting to limit the number of people in proximate contact with each other (social distancing) in order to limit the chances of community transfer of the virus.
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revised its guidance for large-scale community events like the Pate Swap Meet (file is shown below.) Their recommendation was to cancel all events occurring in the next eight weeks that will likely have more than 250 attendees. The Pate Swap Meet normally expects more than 200,000 attendees during its three-day event and its April 30th through May 2nd dates fell within this eight-week window.
"Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies."
Further reductions to the maximum number of people in gatherings have been reduced from 250 people to 50 and, in some cases, to 10 people.
The White House has suggested that the CDC recommendations be treated as if they were "regulations."
On Monday, March 16th, the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County governments adopted the CDC's recommendations into their code and health enforcement regimes.
Once it was certain that we needed to cancel the April 30th through May 2nd dates, we made the decision to postpone the 48th Pate Swap Meet to the Fall of 2020. Working with the Texas Motor Speedway, we immediately secured the new dates of Thursday, October 1st through Saturday, October 3rd.
On Wednesday, March 18th, Texas Motor Speedway positively confirmed the October dates, so we are now locked in. Everything will happen just as before, just on the new dates.
Older people and people of all ages with pre-existing and severe chronic medical conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — appear to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. Many of the participants of the Pate Swap Meet fall into these higher-risk groups. It is important that we do not put at risk any of the people who might attend the swap meet as vendors, attendees and volunteers or expose their extended families who might be additionally exposed to the virus after the swap meet attendees return home.
While we in the Pate management family are saddened and disappointed for the need to postpone the April 30th through May 2nd event, the need is clear and we fully support postponing the event until the Fall.
We will endeavor to make the postponement as painless as possible for all participants.
All space-holders (Main Swap Meet Area Spaces, Big Lots Spaces, Manufacturers Midway Spaces and Car Corral Spaces) will continue to hold their spaces for the new dates. We do ask that you provide confirmation of your intentions for attending on the new dates. For your convenience, we have provided an electronic form for your confirmation. Simply click the button below to complete the easy electronic form and submit it.
When you complete and submit the electronic form at the link-button above, you will be automatically registered into the Pate Member Portal. Your username and temporary initial password will be shown on the on-screen confirmation you will see after your submission as well as appear on the e-mail confirmation that will be sent to you. The password assigned to you will be random characters. You are welcome to change your password by clicking on the "My Account" link (or your username if you are logged in at the time) in the upper right-hand corner of every page on the site. On the "My Account" page, select the "Change Password" link in the sidebar of the page to set your own secret password. If you ever forget your password, simply click on the "Password?" link in the login menu to get a new password e-mailed to you.
The entire submission and account registrations process will protect the privacy and security of your submission and will also allow us to link your form response to your account. It will also allow you to gain entry to our private password-protected Member Portal for all Pate Vendors and participants. In the coming weeks and months, new content will be added to the Member Portal so please plan on returning often!
If you elect to NOT participate in the Pate Swap Meet on the new dates, we will fully refund all of the fees you paid for your space orders and cancel your space orders for the 2020 event. We will then place your surrendered spaces back into the pool for others to purchase.
So that you can make your plans as soon as possible, we rushed the information out about rescheduling the event as quickly as possible after we secured and confirmed the new dates. As you can imagine, the situation for the rescheduled dates is very fluid right now; please expect additional information to develop and some details (other than the firm new dates) to change in the near future. We want to get the information about the rescheduling out to everyone as soon as possible, even if some of the additional details remain to be resolved.
Therefore, please come back to this website often for the latest and most-update information.
To facilitate communications, we have advanced the rollout of our new website (the site you are visiting now), including a News section and a new Member Portal for all participants involved in the Pate Swap Meet. The public site, as you see now, is public and its more advanced portals and e-commerce will become available in the next few weeks.
As described above, people who submit the electronic form shown above will immediately gain access to the new Member Portal now. When you submit the electronic form, the system will automatically set up a Member Portal account for you. In the next few weeks, the Member Portal will be loaded with new and timely information.