After speaking with several folks at York (and reading posts on OGR) regarding the meet schedule, dealer participation, public attendance, etc., it got me to thinking about the Allentown meet. Many people speak highly of the Allentown meet, so I have some questions. I've never been, as it's too far to drive just a few weeks after York, and the weather can be very uncertain at that time of year, so I'm asking the following questions sincerely - I'm not trying to stir the pot.
I understand that Allentown is not a TCA event, so of course the rules will be different, and I'm very well-versed regarding the tax situation at York and how it affects admitting the public. No need to rehash it here.
Does Allentown have a lot of operating layouts or other family-oriented activities?
Do a lot of private individuals have tables at Allentown, or is it primarily dealers?
How early do vendors start packing up to leave?
Are non-dealer tableholders subject to the same sales tax filing requirements as dealers? And if not, why not, since it's in the same state as York?
Please keep the replies factual, and save the TCA/ED bashing, complaints about the PA tax authorities, debate about admitting the public, and political statements for another time.