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Back from fest... I've been in Schwenksville for the past week.

Everyone said it was a good fest, but I found it to be somewhat dull from the ops perspective. Several strategic decisions by the camping committee over the last few years has decreased the percentage of a certain element within the fest population. Some of the decisions I personally disagree with; I really miss the campfires that used to dot the campground at night and the haze and pall the wood smoke would create. The effect, however, has been to create a much more docile fest. I, for one, am not sure that I like such a tame fest regardless of the impact on my volunteering organization.


I did three shifts; one Thursday from 1000 to 1600 covering the period of time when the paying customers were let into the campground, one Friday night from 1000 - 0400, and one Sunday morning from 0400 - 1000.

The Thursday shift was good. I was asked by my fest boss to take the campground opening shift, so I did; I was rather thrilled to be asked so I wasn't going to turn it down.

My current fest postion finds me sitting in an office, listening to radio traffic, and directing the operational activities of the campground through three communications people; a comm supervisor, a radio dispatcher, and person to make phone calls. Field supervisors manage foot crews to staff the camping gates and perform welfare and security tasks within the campground. Other crews rove by truck and golf cart, performing maintenance tasks within the campground, shuttling sick, injured, or handicapped festers, and traveling to other committee sites within the fest grounds to pick up materials from purchasing, volunteer meals from the food tent, or this from there. I direct the whole whoop-de-doo from my seedy little booth... In a skirt.

It's interesting when it's interesting. It's dull when it's dull. Mostly it was dull.




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Sep. 1st, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
You think that was dull? My job was to make sure you had coffee & lemonade - in three 6 hour shifts. :)

Anyway, the fest needs to attract the raunchy element back. The raunchy paying element. Either that, or they have to scale back the number of volunteers. Like by having the radio dispatcher also work the telephone. Or by losing the lemonade-makers. I'm guessing that they didn't make much money this year. If any.

Of course, the fest was competing with the RNC this year, which probably impacted fest attendance. I hear that the RNC was allowing campfires and they were minimizing the number of freeloaders. Apparently, TOm Ridge was handling the radios and phones himself. And he was making lemonade.
Sep. 1st, 2004 06:32 am (UTC)
Obviously I don't miss the "raunchy element" but I agree that tameness must be combated. Next year I should devote less energy to going over to That Other Place to see live music, and more energy to creative mayhem in the campground. We need something larger than the Vole, with lights.
Sep. 1st, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)
Totally unrelated, but about LJ
Do you ever look at the outdoor community? It's pretty quiet but there is some discussion of gear essentials, etc, and there are pretty pictures...
Sep. 1st, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)
Ha, actually it's outdoors. That other one is empty, and in Russian....
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