April 1 - 2, 2022
SeaGate Convention Centre
401 Jefferson Ave, Toledo, OH 43604

An R/C Right of Passage… the Swap Must Go On

AFTER 65 YEARS one of the country’s largest R/C Swap Meets and Auctions…MOVES TO THE MAIN FLOOR!

This well-known, two-day experience will take place on April 9 and April 10 at the Seagate Convention Centre, located in Toledo, Ohio.

2021 brings us a new beginning for a decade- old event, the R/C Swap Meet and Auction in downtown Toledo. After the disappointing announcement was made that the Toledo R/C Expo was coming to an end, a small group of R/C enthusiasts (and swappers) weren’t quite ready to see their early April swap meet shenanigans cease to exist. Through their growing partnerships with the Seagate Convention Centre, the Valley City Radio-Controlled Club, and Hank’s Hobby Hangar (Valley City, OH), the swappin’ fun will continue! “This is awesome news! It was always kind of a Spring passage…it’s time for the flying season and Toledo!” stated Scot Layton, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, in a current digital forum thread on R/C Groups.

First and foremost, the Toledo R/C Swap Meet/Auction and the Seagate Convention Centre will follow all local and state-mandated COVID-19 guidelines and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of all those who attend. Recommendations of all health agencies involved will be strictly monitored and enforced. This venue has over 65,000 sq. ft. to help ensure social-distancing.

This AMA-sanctioned swap meet will take place on Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and Saturday, (9:00 AM to 2:00 PM). The auction will start promptly at the conclusion of the swap meet on Saturday, and continue until all items are sold. One-day admission is $10.00 for adults and women and children (under 12 years of age) are FREE! There will be 50/50 and R/C related merchandise raffles as well as vendor giveaways on both Friday and Saturday.

Concessions will be offered by the Seagate Convention Centre, and there is an ATM located on site. Vendors will receive 1 (ONE) FREE ADULT ADMISSION, 5 (FIVE) FREE R/C RAFFLE TICKETS, and 5 (FIVE) GIVEAWAY TICKETS with every table purchased!

What’s better than friendship, flying and fun? On Friday evening (starting at 7:00 PM), there will also be an AMA-sanctioned Indoor Fun Fly at the Seagate Convention Center. This event will follow all AMA guidelines in regards to indoor flying events, and like the swap meet/auction, all local and state-mandated COVID-19 guidelines and procedures will be strictly monitored and enforced.

This event will also feature 50/50 and R/C-related merchandise raffles as well as vendor giveaways. What a great way for the vendors, swappers, and other AMA members to start their weekend! There will be a $10 Landing Fee collected for all pilots.

Table reservations have already begun and are coming in fast and furious! Vendor-selected placement will be made on a first come first serve basis. 8’ tables are being offered at $25.00 each/per day, payable with submission of the registration form. All vendors will be able to set up on Thursday, April 8 (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) or Friday/Saturday (starting at 6:30 AM). Registration forms as well as additional vendor information are available at the Toledo R/C Swap Meet and Auction website.

Please contact Henry Rauhaus, Event Manager, with any questions at 330.419.2029 or uglydog1313@gmail.com.

14 thoughts on “An R/C Right of Passage… the Swap Must Go On

    1. Hey Bill….that’s a great question. We will be staging all auction models behind the large portable wall that separates the second and third section of the Main Floor. Upon arrival, let someone at registration know that you have several airplanes for auction, and they will handle it from their. In regards to the auction itself, all agreements are between you the seller and the new owner. We are simply putting in place another way for sellers to sell their product at no extra cost. If you have any further questions, just ask. We will also be putting a more detailed look at the auction as we get closer to the event itself.

  1. Will the items for auction be on display prior to the auction? It would nice to get a close-up look-see…

    1. Hey Stephen…my apologies for the delay in my response. I kept checking the website…didn’t realize I needed to be logged in as an administrator. This is a great idea…I will see what we can do. I am just know sure if it is possible…but definitely worth looking into.

    1. Hey Paul…my apologies for the delay in my response. I kept checking the website…didn’t realize I needed to be logged in as an administrator. We had reserved a block of rooms at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel which is only .3 miles away. That is the closest hotel. With ten minutes their are multiple hotels to choose from. I would check Expedia to see going rates. Hope this helps. Hank

    1. Nope…not this year. All proceeds of any traction between the buyer and seller will go directly to the seller.

  2. Hi Henry,
    I am a vintage RC truck collector. Will there be much for me or is it mostly planes?
    Thank you,
    Bob W

    1. Hey Bob…thanks for taking a look. I do know that there will be several truck and car guys there…myself included. Also, Team KNK has ten tables full of truck and car goodies. In years past, there have been trucks and cars at the swap meet…this year it shouldn’t be much different. I guess that’s what makes these swap meets so awesome…unlike the internet…there is not telling what my show up! Hank

  3. Will there be a location to park trailers? During the last Toledo show, small trailers were not allowed in the parking structure.

  4. Hey Dave. This year, small trailers (under 7’6″) can park under the Seagate Centre in the parking garage.

  5. Hi!! This paul Swygart. Just checking in on my table reservation for friday and sat. I sent payment in, bout dec ,jan it was money order. Thanks ,paul

    1. Hey Paul…I have you down for ONE (1) TABLE on both Friday and Saturday. When you arrive at the Seagate Centre please stop by reservation and pick up your information envelope with all of your goodies. See you at the swap! Hank

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