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Re: Saratoga All Firebird Lawn Show.....this Summer
« Reply #60 on: July 05, 2009, 06:45:45 PM »
Ok Guys here's my input.
Tom runs a great show, I hope we can get this show to be as big as National's in the future.
With the ever growing turn out, we are on our way to making this happen with everyone's help and attendance. The Nat's is a great show but the number of entries have been falling.
I hope Tom's show will fill the gap with the old Nat's crew and some new comers.
Nice part is there is no politics here either, the best cars win.
Just the way it should be.
Hope to see all of you guys there in the future.
To the others that will be there. I'll see you this weekend.
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Re: Saratoga All Firebird Lawn Show.....this Summer
« Reply #61 on: July 06, 2009, 09:27:12 AM »
Tony, I echo your feelings exactly. Tom's show started out averaging 75-90 cars. We pushed it hard on TAC back in 2006, they broke 105 cars, I think. Now, a few years later he's knocking on the door of 200+ cars attending. Why? Because, like Great Lakes, its the PEOPLE that run the show that care! Attitude and listening to the atendees input, not my way or the highway. Tom's biggest problem for 2010 and beyond will be finding a larger field to hold it, and thats a good problem to have. The money raised for Special Olympics is fantastic. Yes, your right, the best cars win! I don't care if I ever place in Saratoga, just going there and hanging out is fun enough! Between the two clubs, we push this event and yea, 300 cars isn't a far fetch down the road. See you in 4 days!          
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Re: Saratoga All Firebird Lawn Show.....this Summer
« Reply #62 on: July 06, 2009, 06:54:11 PM »
Tony, I echo your feelings exactly. Tom's show started out averaging 75-90 cars. We pushed it hard on TAC back in 2006, they broke 105 cars, I think. Now, a few years later he's knocking on the door of 200+ cars attending. Why? Because, like Great Lakes, its the PEOPLE that run the show that care! Attitude and listening to the atendees input, not my way or the highway. Tom's biggest problem for 2010 and beyond will be finding a larger field to hold it, and thats a good problem to have. The money raised for Special Olympics is fantastic. Yes, your right, the best cars win! I don't care if I ever place in Saratoga, just going there and hanging out is fun enough! Between the two clubs, we push this event and yea, 300 cars isn't a far fetch down the road. See you in 4 days!         

I cant agree more.
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Re: Saratoga All Firebird Lawn Show.....this Summer
« Reply #63 on: July 07, 2009, 10:50:07 PM »
This is shaping up to be a great weekend. After 11 weeks with no job, I landed one tonight! Start in 10 days. Add in a Father and son weekend in Saratoga and I'm loving life right now. Can't wait to see you guys up there soon. 
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Re: Saratoga All Firebird Lawn Show.....this Summer
« Reply #64 on: July 08, 2009, 07:01:02 PM »
This is shaping up to be a great weekend. After 11 weeks with no job, I landed one tonight! Start in 10 days. Add in a Father and son weekend in Saratoga and I'm loving life right now. Can't wait to see you guys up there soon. 

Woo, hoo!!! Great news!!  ;D ;D
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Re: Saratoga All Firebird Lawn Show.....this Summer
« Reply #65 on: July 08, 2009, 11:19:51 PM »
GPS shows a tad over 6 hours to Marriott Fairfield, in Malta. Add in a gas stop and food. We're rolling out of Md at 7 am Friday. Should be there between 2-3 pm. Dip in the pool and a nap, then the cruise in at 5, I think. Should be a fun time, looking forward to it.   
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Re: Saratoga All Firebird Lawn Show.....this Summer
« Reply #66 on: July 09, 2009, 12:31:39 AM »
considering arriving friday. what hotels are in the area? where are people saying?
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Re: Saratoga All Firebird Lawn Show.....this Summer
« Reply #67 on: July 09, 2009, 05:48:28 AM »
Last Updated 2-19-2009
Fairfield Inn & Suites Saratoga/Malta Special Show Rate $119.00 (Stay with the flock)
Fairfield Inn & Suites has given us a block of rooms reserved just for Firebird show participants at their
Saratoga/Malta property, 101 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Malta, NY, 12020, just off I87 at exit 12. Hoses will be
available at the back of the hotel to wash your cars. You must call their toll free number to get the Firebird Show
Rate. They are located just 10 minutes (8 miles) south of the show grounds with easy access to Interstate 87 at Exit
12. Visit them at http://www.marriott.com/albam. Their parking lot is large, paved, lighted and located adjacent to
the Saratoga County Sherriff’s office. This new, clean, modern hotel features 114 rooms, including 36 suites,
complimentary deluxe hot/cold continental breakfast daily, complimentary high speed wired and wireless internet
access, indoor pool and hot tub, on-site exercise facility; free on-site paved and lighted parking (plenty of truck and
trailer parking). Each room includes refrigerator, premium cable service, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing
board, in-room safe and free local phone calls. Hoses will be provided at the back of the hotel for washing your
Firebirds!
Call them toll free at 1-866-368-6900 and ask for the Firebird Show Rate. The Firebird Show rate is $119.00 + 8%
tax for a king room or a room with two double beds. A King Studio Suite is available for $139.00 + 8% tax. All
rates are per night and include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. This year you can book just one night
if you wish, there is no two night minimum. You must book before June 10, 2009 to get the show rate.
Cancellation policy: No Shows: If Reservation not cancelled Guest credit card will be charged one night room and
tax for reservations not previously cancelled 24 hours in advance. Early cancellation: Room Blocks cancelled
between 1-14 days of the event will incur a 15% penalty of one night revenue per room.
Other hotels in the area:
The Locust Grove Motel Efficiencies www.locustgrovemotel.com e-mail Locust@SPA.NET
2838 Route 9, Malta NY 12020 518-587-3778 or 888-2 Locust
$69.00 / night with no minimum stay. We do not recommend this property if you are pulling a trailer: not trailer
friendly. We recommend that you visit their website to check out this property before you book.
Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY 12866, 518-584-4550 or 866-540-4739
Hilton Garden Inn, 125 So Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY 12866, 518-587-1500 or 866-540-4739
www.saratogasprings.gardeninn.com
Roosevelt Inn & Suites, South Bway Rte 9 Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866, 518-584-0980 or 800-524-9147
www.rooseveltsuites.com

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THE 7th Annual All Firebird Lawn Show IS A GO FOR Saturday JULY 11, 2009
« Reply #68 on: July 09, 2009, 06:45:42 PM »
Gentlemen and Ladies, Start Your Engines!

THE 7th Annual All Firebird Lawn Show IS A GO FOR Saturday JULY 11, 2009.  PLEASE READ Time Table and Last Minute Details BELOW!

Forecast for Saratoga Springs zip 12866 and the Friday night cruise is excellent.  This Cruise will be the best All Firebird Cruise yet with Saratoga Springs Police Department escort and good weather.  If you did not pre-register, no problem.  Just show up.  The Cruise with SSPD escort is free to all show participants.  See details below.

Forecast for Saturday calls for sunny morning and clouds in the afternoon with temps around 80.  Local weather people at www.WTEN.com say rain will probably come after 5 or 6 p.m. 

Many of you are coming from NY, VT, NH, ME, MA, CT, RI, NJ, MD, DE, VA, PA, OH, and even AZ!  Our neighbors to the north are coming from Quebec and Ontario Canada.  Many of you are coming so far and have room reservations with cancellation penalties and long drives back home.  And many of you are coming in on Friday July 10 to be part of the All Firebird Cruise to Mr. Eds.  Everyone meets at 5:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Auto Museum and leaves at 5:30 p.m. with Saratoga Springs Police escort to Mr. Eds.

Therefore, THE 7th Annual All Firebird Lawn SHOW IS A GO FOR Saturday July 11, 2009 from 9AM - 4PM at Saratoga Auto Museum with 50-50 raffle, car corral, food, beverages, vendors, prizes, etc.  Please say a little prayer to the Sun gods!   In the event of dark clouds on Saturday afternoon, we will speed up awards presentations as much as possible to get everyone on their way as quickly as possible.

For DIRECTIONS and TRAILER PARKING, please follow the link and click on Directions.
http://clubs.hemmings.com/frameset.cfm?club=firebirdnationofnorthamerica/download.html
Aerial Map is on page 2 to guide you to the show field entrance and trailer parking.

This year we have even more trophies, more prizes, more food, and more Firebirds.  As a reminder, the purpose and focus of our show is on fundraising for Special Olympics, annual reunion of the Firebird family, and exchange of knowledge.  Although our show has many of the trappings of a national event, we strive to maintain a casual atmosphere without tech lines and politics.  We hope you will mingle with Firebird enthusiasts & Special Olympics athletes and coaches.  We encourage you to be generous with your donations upon entry and generous with your food & t-shirt purchases.  We trust you will have a fun Firebird time and enjoy more than 150 wonderful Firebirds that are coming from 14 US states and 2 provinces in Canada.  Our farthest pre-registered Firebird comes from Arizona! 

We thank you for your attendance & generosity.  All money raised is collected by Special Olympics Volunteers and FNONA members and goes directly to Special Olympics programs.

We got BALL PARK FRANKS by Mike the Hot Dog Chef, COCA-COLA beverages and Water by the Beverage Queens, 50-50 RAFFLE by FNONA member Keith Tanny and his sons, SPONSOR RAFFLE prizes donated by NFTAC, Ames Performance, Saratoga Auto Museum, and NYRA.  Did I mention we have the best goodie bag you will get at any show ever??

We have a few vendors that pay us a fee to be here.  Returning is Jim Valentino from http://www.photowheels.com/ offering his beautiful Car Portraits plus a new Cotton Candy vendor.

SHOW TIME TABLE AND LAST MINUTE DETAILS.

Friday – July 10:  Rendezvous and line up at Saratoga Auto Museum at 5:00 p.m.  Firebird Nation of North America club members and All Show Participants are invited.  We Cruise at 5:30 p.m. with SSPD escort to Mr. Ed`s Ice Cream Station and Pizza Restaurant.  This is about a 9 mile trip past Saratoga Gaming & Raceway and past the Saratoga Thorough Bred Horse Track.  There will be an FNONA club meeting open to all members and non-members at Mr. Ed`s.  Directions: Take Avenue of the Pines to Right turn and go south on Broadway Route 9 to left on Crescent Ave County Route 22 to left on Union Ave Route 9P to Right on Gilbert Road to Right on Lake Ave Route 29 to Mr. Ed`s Ice Cream Station and Pizza.

Saturday – July 11:  The 7th Annual All FIREBIRD Lawn Show kicks off at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 4:00 p.m. adjacent to the SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM in the Saratoga Spa State Park, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs NY 12866.  The show grounds are to the left of the Museum and paved general parking.  Entrance to the show field is via the gravel path at the rear of the field.  If you are new to the show, I have included an aerial map on page 2 of the directions.  Go to http://clubs.hemmings.com/firebirdnationofnorthamerica then click on the Download Page and click on Directions. 

PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW.

The show grounds are on NYS property which is a ‘Carry-In Carry-Out’ NYS Park.  Please police the area for any trash before you leave.  If you bring anything in, we ask that you take it with you (except $$$ of course) when you leave.  There are no public trash receptacles.  We will offer a barrel for cans, bottles, or trash from your show purchases only.  Please do not litter.

We have class trophies for the judged Stock and Modified classes 1967-1969, 1970-1976, 1977-1981, 1982-1992, and 1993-2002 Firebirds.
 
Special trophies:  In addition to class awards, we will also award a Mangino Pontiac Dealer trophy, a Saratoga Auto Museum trophy, a Special Olympics Saratoga Coach trophy, a Special Olympics Saratoga Athlete trophy, and a Joe Nolan memorial trophy. 

There is also a Best Club Participation award to the club that brings the most Firebirds.  Please write your club affiliation on your registration sheet when you sign in.  Firebird Nation of North America, Inc. and FNONA, Inc. members are not eligible.

Special Olympics Participant Ribbons: Special Olympics Athletes will walk the field and choose their Favorite 25 Firebirds.  The Favorite 25 will all receive Special Olympics Participant Ribbons. 

If you haven’t already done so, please visit our website:  http://clubs.hemmings.com/firebirdnationofnorthamerica.  Click on the Download page and click on the Show Registration Form.  Print the form, fill it out, and bring it with you to the show.  Hand it in with your donation at the registration trailer.  While at the Downloads page, also get driving Directions, hotel / motel information, Show Flyer, etc.

Our insurance requires that you must register at the show trailer and sign the registration form to be on the field.  Goodie bags and dash plaques go to the first 150 Firebirds registered at the trailer.  Minimum donation for admission is $10.00 to Special Olympics however we request that you be as generous as possible.

Don’t forget the Car Corral.  If you have a Firebird for sale, you can only have ‘For Sale’ signs in or on your vehicle if you are in the Car Corral.  This will be a prominent location near the front of the field.  Don’t miss out.  Minimum donation is just $15 and you still get goodie bag, dash plaque, etc.  You can register for the Car Corral at the registration trailer when you sign in.

Display Rules for car show:
Hood & trunk open: hood down means for display only.  Trunk down costs deduction.
Convertible tops up:  top down costs deduction.
T-tops installed.  Tops out costs deduction.
Driver’s side window down
Dash card and judging sheet on driver’s side dash
No For Sale signs allowed except in Car Corral.

Each car should have a judging sheet on the dash at the driver side.  The top portion of the sheet should already be completed by the owner.  Please be sure to mark Stock or Modified on your Dash Card.

ALL COMPETING CARS MUST BE ON FIELD by 11:00 a.m.
Owner Must Complete Judging Sheet with Name, Year, Model, Color, and Mileage.
Owner Must Leave Judging Sheet on Dash Board near driver’s open window.
All Hoods, Trunks, & Convertible tops must be up for judging.
All Front End Masks (bras) must be removed.
Hood down means car will not be judged. Convertible top down will cost points deduction.
NON COMPETING CARS MAY ARRIVE AND DEPART ANY TIME BEFORE 3:00 P.M.

UPDATES, SPECIAL OFFERS AND REQUESTS.  Please review:

If you or your Firebird friends are not FNONA, Inc. members, please join us.  We will offer a 2009 half year rate at just $10 to all new members who sign up at the July 11 show.  Please tell your Firebird friends about the club and invite them to join us at the show.

New for 2009, there will be a $2.50 admission to the Saratoga Auto Museum for all show participants.  The Museum reports they need this very reasonable admission charge (normal price $8.00) to allow for additional staffing required during our show, the largest of their entire lawn show series.  This $2.50 admission per person will allow unlimited visits to the Museum and their restrooms on show day.  Please get your hand stamped at the show registration trailer when you register and before visiting the Museum.  As in previous years, the restrooms at the Park Administration building will be open and free of charge.

A Word to the Wise: This event is held inside the Saratoga SPA State Park which is continuously patrolled by NYS Park Police, a division of the NYS Troopers.  Radar & Laser are used on a daily basis.  The Park speed limit is 25 miles per hour everywhere in the park.  Please drive safely, be careful, and respect all park property.

2009 Commemorative Show T-Shirts in size SM, MED, LG, XL are just $15.  XXL and XXXL shirts are $18.  All are in stock and will be available at the registration trailer.  We have a few t-shirts left from 2008 and 2007 and DASH PLAQUES left from previous shows which will be available at blow out prices, so grab those too!  T-Shirts and food coupons will be available at the registration trailer throughout the day while supplies last.

As we grow, our insurance requires a few more ground rules set in place:

All Vehicle owners must register at the show trailer and sign a release form.  A minimum $10 donation to Special Olympics is required.

Vehicle owners please be advised that Special Olympics will not be responsible for damage to your vehicle.

Adequate space between each vehicle will be provided to reduce the chance of damage to vehicles.  If any driver requests additional space, we will try to accommodate you.

Vehicle owners may consider roping off their vehicle to protect it from damages caused by spectators.

Vehicle owners should have someone at their vehicle at all times.

The show grounds are a NO PET ZONE.  No umbrellas, tents, alcohol, glass containers, and NO PETS OR BICYCLES are allowed on the show field.  Umbrellas or tents are allowed only on the adjacent fields separated by stone walking paths. Chair umbrellas are ok.

PLEASE:  NO BURNOUTS, NO SMOKE SHOWS, NO ALCHOHOL, OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS & DRIVE SAFELY!

Weather (Saratoga Springs Zip Code 12866) here:
http://www.accuweather.com/forecast.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&zipcode=12866&metric=0

Gas Prices here:  http://www.gaspricewatch.com/new/ and http://www.gasbuddy.com

If you are a guest at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, hoses will be available for washing Firebirds.

Car Wash here: Traveling North on Route 9, turn Left on Avenue of the Pines towards the show grounds.  As the road curves to the right, follow the curve and proceed past the Saratoga Auto Museum on your left.  Continue down the hill to the red light at Route 50.  Go straight across Route 50 onto Geyser Road.  Continue on Geyser Road about 2 mi.  Just before your 2nd red light at corner of Geyser & Roland Street, there is a brand new Touch Free car wash on your right.  The car wash shares the lot with a bank.

Free Offer: If you would like some genuine fresh Saratoga Natural Spring water for free, then bring your thermos, mug, glass, cup, jug, gallon plastic bottle, etc.  Right next to the show grounds is the Saratoga Spring flowing natural spring water from the Saratoga Spring aquifer.  Bring your container & come get some!

REMINDER:  Pre-registration IS NOT REQUIRED.  You can just show up, register at the registration trailer, and join the fun & Firebirds.  Have fun, win prizes, and see the Birds.

Please have a safe and carefree trip.

Tom & Sandy Smith (Event Founder)
Special Olympics New York, certified coaches
Saratoga Springs NY

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