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Sunday, August 02, 2009 

Sunday August 2nd, 2009. Preston, MN. 30 miles. Grass lot. Warmer/breeze.

It was cold this morning when we left Rushford on the jump to Preston. Felt more like September than August. Very good shows yesterday. Full houses. Per cap still not great, but novelties were selling. In Preston were on a fairgrounds. Respectable prseale. Two more days in MN. Can't say as I will miss daily visits from the electrical inspectors.

August historically is a tough month for a traditional tent show. Comeptition from county and State fairs is fierce and the weather is damned hot in a lot of places. Most years on most shows by August you can begin to predict how the year will wrap up. Going into August with some money, and you feel good and try to protect what's in the safe until business improves after Labor Day. Go into August with red ink and you desperately hope to salvage something in the autumn. We're two thirds of the way through the 2009 season. We can't see the end of the road in the distance, that's still weeks away. But we can begin to feel the outlines of the end of the season.