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Announcement - August 22, 2020

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48th Pate Swap Meet
 
The October Date Has Been Postponed!

Due to the crowd-size restriction imposed by the State of Texas not being lifted in time, October 1st through the 3rd dates for Pate Swap Meet has been postponed but will return at our regular time in April of 2021.

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We deeply regret the need for this action but the health and safety of our visitors, vendors and volunteers must come first.

When the initial government restrictions were imposed and forced the postponement of the Pate Swap Meet from March to October, we had good reason to believe that we could conduct a safe swap meet in October. We had made our plans to cope with the threat of COVID-19 and still have a safe event. Unfortunately, the spike in COVID-19 cases that started in June and peaked in July threw a wrench into our plans. During this spike, crowd-size restrictions were temporarily reimposed in the plans to open Texas. While the health statistics in Texas have greatly improved and are continuing to do so, the numbers haven't dropped fast enough or to a level that has convinced the Governor of Texas to lift the restrictions yet.

We have talked with officials from the Texas Motor Speedway and were informed that, due to the restrictions not being lifted or relaxed, the Speedway was forced to cancel all outdoor activities for the month of September being held at the Speedway. The currently-in-force restriction limits gatherings to ten people or less and that means that our set-up volunteer crews could not begin their usual set up during the last seven days in September as we needed. Further, in order to hold the event starting on October 1st, we have to make firm contractual commitments to the Speedway and our suppliers by September 1st and begin the distribution of Vendor Packets.

For reference, we were expecting over 200,000 people to attend the Pate Swap Meet during its run.

Although the health statistics in Texas continue to improve (see the charts below) we DO NOT envision the Governor of Texas lifting or relaxing these restrictions by our September 1st deadlines or even in the coming weeks in time for us to hold the swap meet in October. This forces us to postpone our October event.

However, the Pate Swap Meet will return at our regular April dates in 2021. The next Pate Swap Meet will be April 29, 2021, through May 1, 2021. The move-in and set-up date for Pate Vendors will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Pate Vendors currently holding space orders for the October event may rollover their spaces to the April Pate Swap Meet. Please let us know your intentions by completing the form below.

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Any Pate Vendor who wishes to cancel their spaces orders will receive a refund. If you wish to cancel your space order, please complete the form above PLUS call our Registrar, Ms. Gail Moore, at  (713) 649-0922 to confirm your cancellation and make final arrangements.

We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this postponement may cause.

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