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The auto show is a national and international icon that draws patrons from all over the world. Among these patrons are plenty of single, eligible bachelors. Kathleen DuRoss bagged Henry Ford II at the auto show, and there’s no reason why you can’t find some prospects too. Ladies and gents, ditch the bar and gym and head to the North American International Auto Show to find a man.

Why go to the auto show to meet men? Every year, men buzz about the auto show and exchange opinions and speculations about the newest models of cars coming out. I couldn’t care less about the auto show, and I know a lot of other women who share this sentiment. This, my friends, is why the auto show is such a nice hunting ground; no competition.

Upon arriving to the auto show, I noticed that for every one woman, there were probably 5 men. However, just because they’re here doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re looking to “meet” someone, right? After polling 15 male auto show attendees ranging from ages 22-34, 14 out of 15 of them answered that they would not be opposed to meeting someone at the auto show.

Shane, 28, says, “I’m never opposed. Honestly, I never would have thought about meeting someone here, but that’d actually be really cool.” Nick, 32, says “I’m literally always down to meet someone. I think it’d be cool to meet someone here because it’s unexpected.” Jeff, 33, enthusiastically tells me, “I’m divorced, so I am wide open to meeting someone.”

Awesome. So, now that we know it’s possible to meet someone at the auto show and that men are definitely open to it, how do we go about doing it?

Approachability is key and being the person to do the approaching is even more ideal.

When asked why he had never considered meeting someone at the auto show, Chris, 27, says that, “nobody seems super approachable. I don’t like walking up to people I don’t know.”

I hear you Chris. Every millennial reading this probably hears you. How did people meet romantically before Tinder again? I think that they had to talk face to face, meaning someone had to say something first. In person. Do not despair; this isn’t hard to do at the auto show. Because there are so many cool things to see and do, approaching an attractive stranger shouldn’t be as hard. I found that asking for directions to a certain display, asking a question about a bizarre looking vehicle or asking where was the nearest bar were all really good questions to begin a conversation.

Feeling confident is just as important in this situation as it is anywhere else. People dress up for the auto show. Sure not everyone is going to, but the auto show is similar to the casino, where in that, it’s not weird to dress up. I wouldn’t say bust out your fake eyelashes or club dress, but something simple and flattering that makes you look and feel nice.

Also, wear your nicer coat. You’re not going to want to walk around holding your coat. It’s annoying. If you’re carrying a purse, consider matching your bag to your coat, too.

Lastly, have fun. The thought of the auto show typically doesn’t exhilarate me, but once I got there, I genuinely had fun. I went with a couple friends and I honestly would have had fun regardless of trying to meet men.

Going back to being approachable, it is easier to be perceived as approachable if you’re having a good time. Even if you don’t meet your husband, the auto show has a lot of cool presentations and exhibits to look at, and you’ll enjoy the show whether you’re a car aficionado or not.