It was steady attendance at this season's Midlands International Auto Show, following a bump last year, but Tam Webb
, a full-time employee of the Omaha World-Herald
and producer of the show, says it was what she
saw in the faces of those show goers that was most interesting.
"It was very noticeable that the intent was there," says Webb, who works directly with ATAE Loy Todd Jr. and the Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association to make the show happen.
—Tam Webb, Midlands International Auto Show
"That's what people were there for," says Webb
"It felt really good this year, all four days of the show."
Which, of course, makes for happy dealers.
"That's for sure," says Webb
, adding that a good many of the local dealers are involved throughout the event.
"We have some really great dealers that make sure the show comes together in a way that brings out the best in this market."
says one of those "key" people is Loy Todd himself, who helped arrange for a crushed car to be brought in for a contest, an idea Webb had heard about from someone at the ASNA Summer Meeting.
"We don't crush cars in Nebraska," says Webb
At a show in a market the size of Omaha, Webb
and others admit they have to work extra hard to make sure they are able to deliver on an auto show that keeps audience interest high, even though the vehicles themselves are obviously the main reason people attend.
"Private collector cars continue to be popular, but we don't have exotic dealers here, so we work with some of the car clubs around," adds Webb
In the end though, it's those smiles-on the faces of future customers-that continues to drive the show.
"This is really what it's all about," says Webb