The location for the Fall Swap this year is Pass Creek Park - Douglas County/Cottage Grove, I-5 at the Curtin exit. (from the Corvallis area, it took me 1 hour and 15 mins to get to the location) The swap will start at 11am and end at ??? Feel free to bring a potluck item to share - nice but not required (just about anything goes - we love food!) Please make sure your birds are in cages and please remember to practice biosecurity at the swap and with any birds you take home. Cash is acceptable for transactions Want/Have lists are being updated every 4 pages, latest one (as of 9/18) on page #57 and should be updated about every 4 pages (or as needed) this week. Lots of people show up with poultry or to purchase poultry who do not follow this thread (Craigslist ads and flyers) so there is a good possibility more birds and buyers will be available than listed. Silkiechicken will be our BYC moderator representative and will be raffling off BYC goodies! There will be a sign in sheet at central location and name tags available. Hope to see you there!!! Yep, I know it's a bit early but I thought I'd get the ball rolling so everyone can start planning on what they want to bring to our next swap! And as we all know, the summer usually flies by, unfortunately. The Spring Swap in April was a huge success and I think everyone really enjoyed it. We brought in some new people not only to the forum but to our swaps via Craigslist and word of mouth. As nice as Timber Linn Park is for convenience and location, I think it is time we possibly start looking at a different venue that will allow us to keep growing and hopefully be more organized. While we were not hassled last month at Timber Linn and I haven't been able to find any ordinances against what we were doing, the Albany police did keep vigil all day. I, for one, would really hate to have deal with having one of our swaps broken up due to police or other outside sources. I am going to contact the City of Albany regarding the use of their park parking lots for my own information, but I am also going to actively pursue renting part of the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis for our Fall Swap. While I would love to be able to rent the indoor arena so weather would not be a factor, the $460 rental cost is a little prohibitive right now. However, they do rent out lawns and parking lots so this is the route I am thinking of going. Example: I can rent the auditorium parking lot for $155 a day plus a refundable $50 deposit. Renting a section of grass near a parking area (probably the camping area side) is $110 plus a refundable $50 deposit. Don't worry, I am not going to be asking for donations to help offset this cost since this is completely my idea, but if you'd like to donate, I won't say no I just personally think this is the direction we need to take our swaps if we want to grow. Bigger swaps are better for everyone. We might even be able to get some local feed stores or other farm businesses involved in some way. The possibilities are endless. So, my mission over the summer is to get our next swap set, legal and very organized and maybe even some community sponsorship. Any and all ideas, advice, help, etc will be welcomed and greatly appreciated! I look forward to seeing everyone again!!