I attended the MCA Show in Warwick, RI. I'm a member of the MCA and Mustang Club of New England. I am in full agreement with the polices of no umbrellas, strollers, and unattended young children. I too, cringe at the sight of unattended children running around my car. I also agree advertisements should not be distributed at any type of car show.
I believe the MCA officials should consider at future events, setting up several tents for spectators and participants to escape the heat and sun. Let's face it, most of the participants are over 40 years old and can't manage that kind of heat. If no umbrellas are allowed, some sort of alternative should be planned. The hotel is certainly an escape, but it is not preferred as it takes us away from keeping an eye on our cars.
In addition, the amenities were not ideal. Better food vendors could have been made available. Someone walking around selling water and non-alcoholic beverages would have been a great service. Better merchandisers could have participated. Used car magazines and old "how to" manuals were somewhat pathetic. Overall, I thought the RI show had good participation, it was rather unpleasant in terms of comfort and amenities.
I have attended car shows in Orange, Ct sponsored by the Lions Club that are quite enjoyable. They have a nice location, shade, good food vendors, good merchandisers, and excellent participation. It is open to all types of cars, with a very respectable showing of mustangs and vets. (Always good to keep the rivalry going!). The organizers of the Warwick, RI show could take a lesson.
I do not mean to be overly critical, but for a national show, I expected more, especially with the local on coastal RI. It was a disappointment for a national show and I'm glad I only traveled 100 miles to attend.