Come on, JUST because it didn't have a thousand dollar paint job?!? That's it? Really? There's gotta be more to it than that. I've been involved with "them" for almost 15 years. I know what kind of tractors they want to display and that's what I take. Not one of them has a thousand dollar paint job. It's been hashed over on this site a hundred times. Some people don't care for the requirements of showing a tractor at a Two Cylinder Expo. Fine. Don't go. Please don't try to tell us that you need to spend a grand on paint or you won't get in. That's just not true.
To answer the OP's original question. I'm going to Waterloo. It's much easier to find lodging that's close by. The Eastern Expo is a great show though, no doubt.