Reducing the York Fairgrounds meet to a 2 day, once a year or non-dealer hall event or combination might incur the same fixed costs.
Very unlikely. I doubt that the Eastern Division is paying flat rate for all those security guards. Even if the fair grounds rent was the same, the reduction in personnel costs would probably save enough to take the show out of the red.
Which is all the Eastern Division really needs to do. Contrary to some people's opinion, the Eastern Division's "business" is to provide services to Eastern Division members, and to the general TCA population. It needs to cover expenses. It really does not need to make a profit.
A return to the traditional E-Div. member only trading/swap meet would possibly require a change to a smaller venue.
Not quite what I suggested. I suggested a TCA members only show, not ED members only.
To be clear, I think the best course of action is to do a few more shows with just the dealer halls open to the public. My other suggestions are just alternatives. The Eastern Division needs to do better with their advertising and publicity. The dealers that are able need to do a better job of getting the word out. They are TCA members too, and they benefit from increased attendance. They can pitch in. If they don't think so, they can stay home.