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Hello Everyone,

I thought anyone could go to the York Meet for the first time with out being a TCA member.

Now my wife tells me,we need to be members to go to the meet.

I plan on going for two days,so would it be cheaper to just join the TCA?,than to pay for two days admission?

And can I register to join the TCA right at York?and if so,where and when can I do this there?We plan on attending Friday and Saturday.

So could  I join and bring her as a guest?

I'm pretty sure she does not want to become a member,but I would like to.Please help.

I understand I can join the TCA for $22.00,I am a virgin to the meet,but I must make my first pilgrimage this year,and vow to never miss another one!!! I know it's getting late,but I need to know what to do here.

Please help and help out out the fire in my living room right now

Thanks,Kenny B

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If somebody would sponsor you as a guest, you could go the first and single time .  I do not know how that works with a guest's spouse, but doubt she would want to hoof all the buildings that you might.  She, of course can wait in the open area/food court between blue and silver halls.  If she does, maybe for the first time, want to trudge the buildings, both of you can register as member and spouse inside the blue hall when the meet opens.  There is no "two days admission" unless you are sponsored as a guest.  Otherwise, it is as a paid  member.

It will cost you $50.00 to join TCA (not $22 as you stated).  Then you are a TCA member.

Then you must pay $22.00 to the Eastern Division of TCA to attend the meet.  Your spouse can attend with you, since you are now a TCA member, for 8.00.

Total cost to join TCA and for you and your wife to attend this first time is $80.00.

If someone sponsors you and your spouse as their GUESTS you can both attend ONCE for $22.00 each or a total of $44.00.  You would not be a TCA member and could not at tend the York Meet again until you joined TCA.

Hope I got all this correct.

The first time you go you don't have to be a TCA member. There used to be a rule that you needed a sponsor to become a member but that requirement was dropped a few years ago. Now someone at the registration desk will be your "sponsor" and you will only have to pay the fee for the show. This is a one time deal. If you decide you want to go again you will, indeed, have to join the TCA.

Pete

Ken,

There is a bit of misinformation regarding attendance at York.  The Meet is open to TCA members or their  guests only.  An individual may attend as a guest just once.  Spouses of members or guests may attend and there is a fee for spouses of $2.00.  The annual membership fee is $50.00 and is based on the month one joins.  If you join TCA in April you will be able to attend York in October as well.  All attendees are charged $14.00 for admission, prior to the early registration cut-off, which for the April Meet,  was March 1st.  Registration after that date and at the door is $22.00.  There is no increase in the fee for spouses.  There are no fees for children under 18.  So, to sum it up:  As a guest of a member, if your wife accompanies you, the cost will be $24.00.  If you join TCA, your charge will be $74.00.  In October, if you register before the early fee deadline, the charge for you and your wife, will be $16.00.

 

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Goody posted:

Ken,

There is a bit of misinformation regarding attendance at York.  The Meet is open to TCA members or their  guests only.  An individual may attend as a guest just once.  Spouses of members or guests may attend and there is a fee for spouses of $2.00.  The annual membership fee is $50.00 and is based on the month one joins.  If you join TCA in April you will be able to attend York in October as well.  All attendees are charged $14.00 for admission, prior to the early registration cut-off, which for the April Meet,  was March 1st.  Registration after that date and at the door is $22.00.  There is no increase in the fee for spouses.  There are no fees for children under 18.  So, to sum it up:  As a guest of a member, if your wife accompanies you, the cost will be $24.00.  If you join TCA, your charge will be $74.00.  In October, if you register before the early fee deadline, the charge for you and your wife, will be $16.00.

I know a member can bring there wife for $2. A guest can not bring there wife for $2. They must come as a guest of someone else.

The OP states he never wants to miss another York. He should just join at the door. Pay $22 to attend with his wife and be done with it. He should also buy his ticket for fall York for another $14 plus $2 for his wife. He will also get all the other benefits of being a TCA member.

F&G RY posted:
Goody posted:

Ken,

There is a bit of misinformation regarding attendance at York.  The Meet is open to TCA members or their  guests only.  An individual may attend as a guest just once.  Spouses of members or guests may attend and there is a fee for spouses of $2.00.  The annual membership fee is $50.00 and is based on the month one joins.  If you join TCA in April you will be able to attend York in October as well.  All attendees are charged $14.00 for admission, prior to the early registration cut-off, which for the April Meet,  was March 1st.  Registration after that date and at the door is $22.00.  There is no increase in the fee for spouses.  There are no fees for children under 18.  So, to sum it up:  As a guest of a member, if your wife accompanies you, the cost will be $24.00.  If you join TCA, your charge will be $74.00.  In October, if you register before the early fee deadline, the charge for you and your wife, will be $16.00.

I know a member can bring there wife for $2. A guest can not bring there wife for $2. They must come as a guest of someone else.

The OP states he never wants to miss another York. He should just join at the door. Pay $22 to attend with his wife and be done with it. He should also buy his ticket for fall York for another $14 plus $2 for his wife. He will also get all the other benefits of being a TCA member.

Maybe not "there" wife but their wife can attend.

Kenny B:

I won't be there or I would help you out personally.  Here's what I would do:

  1. Find any two people there onsite or here, in advance, on the board.

  2. Ask Person 1 to take you as a guest and Person 2 to take your wife as a guest.  

  3. Decide if you liked it enough to want to return to York in the future*.

  4. Some time before the next York, join the TCA if you do .

It would be the same overall cost as joining on the spot, but this way you get a free trial, which is what the guest concept is about.  Anyone who's willing to get people to join the TCA would be happy to accommodate you.

Just my $0.02.

Steven J. Serenska
TCA 78-13181

* FWIW, I predict you will love it.

 

Arthur posted:
F&G RY posted:

I know a member can bring there wife for $2. A guest can not bring there wife for $2. They must come as a guest of someone else.

The OP states he never wants to miss another York. He should just join at the door. Pay $22 to attend with his wife and be done with it. He should also buy his ticket for fall York for another $14 plus $2 for his wife. He will also get all the other benefits of being a TCA member.

Maybe not "there" wife but their wife can attend.

Just curious, are many showing up with someone else's wife as opposed to their own wife?

Last edited by BobbyD

From the Link above re: guest registration.

Pricing includes guest adult. Guest adult spouse and guest children under 18years of age admitted free with the adult guest. Spouse and children are required to register and have their badge visible at all times.

However, when you click on the registration form, it shows $2 for spouse and children under 18 free. I would email Nancy Tentzeras for clarification,

Questions: Email Nancy Tentzeras, Registrar

Last edited by DennisB

Is there any other reason to join the TCA other than being able to go to York? I don't live far from there, but $80 seems pretty steep to enter a show twice a year.

$80 includes joining the TCA and admission to the April show. Subsequent shows will be at the normal admission rate so $80 to attend two shows is an incorrect assumption.

C W Burfle posted:

Is there any other reason to join the TCA other than being able to go to York?

I like the magazine.
The TCA will mediate disputes between two MEMBERS.
Our dues support the museum and library.

Here is the web page the TCA put together on the benefits of joining.

 

What he said, plus there are other local TCA meets you can attend throughout the year.  

Waiting for the haters to arrive in 3...2...1...

BobbyD posted:
Arthur posted:
F&G RY posted:

I know a member can bring there wife for $2. A guest can not bring there wife for $2. They must come as a guest of someone else.

The OP states he never wants to miss another York. He should just join at the door. Pay $22 to attend with his wife and be done with it. He should also buy his ticket for fall York for another $14 plus $2 for his wife. He will also get all the other benefits of being a TCA member.

Maybe not "there" wife but their wife can attend.

Just curious, are many showing up with someone else's wife as opposed to their own wife?

Is it true that if you show up with someone else's wife, she might let you buy more trains?  

Hmm.  Maybe we should get Scott Smith working on this?  

George

Serenska posted:

I won't be there or I would help you out personally.  Here's what I would do:

  1. Find any two people there onsite or here, in advance, on the board.

  2. Ask Person 1 to take you as a guest and Person 2 to take your wife as a guest.  

 

I don't think there is a limit to the number of guests a member can take, so Kenny, I think you only need one member to sign.  And I think that if you went straight to the registration desk in the Silver Hall (see the map below, lower right), I'm sure that they would sign you in or help you find someone willing to sign you in.  Everyone I've ever talked to at the registration desk has been wonderful to me, and they want to help!

Of course, you can also just join at the registration desk (and pay membership + entrance fees - the entrance fee is good for all 3 days of the meet).  It is cheaper if you pre-register, but it is too late for that for the April Meet.  My first several trips to York were 1-day only trips where I drove 4+ hours each direction, and there are not many shows or, in this case,  meets that are worth 8-9 hours of driving to me.  York is worth it.  It is not the reason I joined TCA, but it is one of the reasons I stay a member.

Andy

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