Tailgate Swapfest

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Tailgate Swapfest
is CANCELLED for 2015.
Need a new location for next year!

Always the first Saturday in June!
A Great Place Outdoor Under the Sun!
Sell right where you park!

Talk-in on the 147.120 Repeater from 6:30 - 9:30 AM

Tickets are available the day of the show at the Swapfest entrance only, no advance ticket sales!

Buyer admission is $8 per person.  Kids under 16 get in free with a paid adult admission.

Selling space is $20 per vehicle, use as many parking spaces as you can fill. Includes admission for one person. Additional persons same as Buyer admission above.  Remember, you can park where you want, but if you are too far away from the action, people may not walk over to see your stuff!

Door prize tickets are handed out with every paid admission. Be sure you fill it out and drop it in the door prize bucket. You might win a prize! Be sure to include your email address. It will be added to the MN-Hamfest-Reminder mailing list so you get emailed reminders every year.

Additional Seller Requirements:
As an organizer of a selling event, Minnesota State Law requires us to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, Form ST-19 or similar written statement from sellers. Form ST-19 can be found on the Minnesota Department of Revenue website at www.taxes.state.mn.us As an alternative to form ST-19, the seller may submit a written statement stating that the seller makes sales of $500 or less during the calendar year and that the seller participates in only one event per calendar year that lasts no more than three days and includes the seller's name, address and telephone number. For a pdf document format, Click here. Sellers may complete form ST-19 or the written statement prior to arriving at the event; however, we will have forms available to fill out at the event. We are required to collect this information prior to selling an admission ticket to the seller at the event. Additional information can be found in Fact Sheet 148 and the 2005 Sales and Use Tax Regular Session Law Change Bulletin dated June 2005 posted on the Minnesota Department of Revenue website. Please contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue with any questions you have about the sales and use tax registration and/or other Minnesota state tax requirements. They list contact information on their website.

You may bring your own edibles but please don't start selling food or beverages to compete with the vendor who paid for the privilege. Violators will be asked to cease selling or leave the Swapfest.

If you are coming from the north, south, or east:
Follow I-694 or I-494 east to I-94, take I-94 west-bound towards St. Paul. Go one mile WEST to Century Ave Exit #247. Go NORTH 2 stop lights and turn LEFT on CONWAY AVE. Go WEST .8 miles to the TAILGATE SWAPFEST entrance at 5th St.

From St. Paul & Minneapolis:
Follow I-94 east-bound through St. Paul to McKnight Road NORTH exit # 246C. Go NORTH 2 stop lights and turn RIGHT on CONWAY AVE. Go EAST .2 miles to the TAILGATE SWAPFEST entrance on 5th St.

Tailgate Swapfest is held entirely outdoors, rain or shine!. We provide the location and you provide everything else. Bring your own tables or blankets to hold your equipment. Bring a chair if you want one and a canopy or something if you want shade. Don't forget a hat and sun screen lotion for walking around the Swapfest. Also bring plastic or an umbrella or canopy to cover you and your gear in case of rain. (We gave up on the parking ramp idea because so many vehicles were too tall for the ramp.) There is no electricity in the parking lot so bring a (quiet) generator if you need AC power. We don't provide garbage service, so if you bring something in and it doesn't sell, be sure you haul it away again.

The parking lot is private property and is patrolled by security guards. There is no camping allowed. Except for the TwinsLAN setup crew, please don't plan to arrive before 6:00 AM. Sellers will be let into the lot at 6:45 AM for setup and buyers at 7 AM when the Swapfest opens. If you are driving a long distance you will need to make other arrangements for parking the night before the Swapfest. There are numerous motels and camp grounds in the area. KMart and Walmart usually allow over-night parking in their store parking lots.

The 3M Club organization is having their "Everything Under the Sun Sale" the same weekend in another parking lot at 3M CENTER. Sellers pay a fee but buyers get in free. Bring the wife and set her loose!

Click here to view the 2014 TAILGATE SWAPFEST flyer or the Tailgate half-sheet mailer in pdf format. Please print your own copies and hand them out to your friends, at work, and at club meetings. Our mailing list is limited and not everyone will receive a copy of the flyer in the mail. Travel is getting expensive so mention Tailgate Swapfest on the air and arrange to car pool with your friends!

If you have additional questions that are not answered here, send email to tailgate@twinslan.net and someone will get back to you.

TwinsLAN has started an email list specifically for people who enjoy going to hamfests and want minimum hassle finding when and where they are. This email list is good only for hamfests within the state of Minnesota or near its borders. If you are interested in hamfests, you should subscribe to this email list. If your club is holding a hamfest within Minnesota or near its borders, you just need to send an email to the list. After the email is reviewed by the list moderators, it will be forwarded to the list subscribers. For more information on the MN-hamfest-reminder email list, go to: MN-hamfest-reminder

Hope to see you at Tailgate Swapfest 2015!