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Monday, May 12, 2014

Pork In The Park : The Price Of Enjoyment


Pork in the Park 2014 is in the books, and while many enjoyed (including myself) there were many that had a legitimate gripe about the cost of even attending the event.

The price to even get in the event was 7.00 on Friday and Saturday with a coupon for 3 dollar entrance fee on Sunday and 3 dollars for Mom that day as well. Kids under 12 got in free, however wrist bands for the rides for the kids 12 and under were between 15-20 depending on the day.

Imagine a family of 4 with 2 below 12 years old. The kids are going to want to get on the rides so if you don't want to hear whining the entire time you're gonna have to shell out the money. So far Mom and Dad have spent 14 dollars to get into the event and now an additional 30 for the kids to ride the rides. They haven't even gotten anything to eat yet and with the average meal being around 12 dollars for food and drink they are looking at an additional 40 for food. They are at 84 dollars with no tshirts or visits to any of the many vendors set up. Commemorative tshirt's an additional 20-23 dollars.

In this economy that is alot to ask for from working class families who struggle paycheck to paycheck, and it really could exclude them from enjoying the event. I think the high cost keeps people from spending with the private vendors set up selling goods because people are tapped out just getting in and buying food.

I think the admission price should drop back to the 5 dollar area, to allow more people to enjoy the event and maybe help the vendors out by having some extra money to buy some of their cool stuff on display..

your thoughts?



20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jonathan right on! I would love to know if attendance was down this year.

Anonymous said...

That's why I do not go. I can spend the entrance fee at Taylor's or Adams if I want ribs. If there weren't a fee to go in I might go there to pick up ribs.

Anonymous said...

This event cost a lot to put on,and everyone who participates in this event has made a relatively large investment.The event organizers and vendors can't gamble on a decent turnout,which can only mean higher prices to compensate for potentially fewer patrons.Since no one participating in this event can afford to take a financial loss,the future of it looks bleak.

Anonymous said...

I agree Jonathan. We didn't go because of the admission fee. Not that we couldn't afford it, I just didn't see the point in paying $7 just to get in to an event. Like one of the earlier posters said, if I want Adam's or Taylor's, I'll just go to the restaurant and get it. I think if they lowered the admission price it would draw better. Look at the great turn out at the numerous free events we have here- 3rd Friday, Salisbury Festival, etc. Why pay admission when there are alternative events that are free?

Anonymous said...

this was my last year!

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree about the entrance fee I think it should at least be 10 dollars! You are getting a lot of great food, rides, and overall really great entertainment. Pork in the parks brings in money to support our local economy while providing jobs. We may not like the cost of events but in life we all have to give up a piece of our pie so that others may eat.

Anonymous said...

I think Pork in the Park should take a cue from OC's Sun and Spring Fests and 1000's of successful festivals throughout the country each year, most of which see an increase in yearly attendance. Get rid of admission fee. I bet you would have vendors clamoring to be included as well as willing to pay a bit more for their spaces. Carnival rides tend to operate at a higher capacity if not full loads as well.
Festivals without admission fees always do so much better.
There has been so much written about this in industry periodicals such as the Amusement Today. Admission fees are the biggest concern to vendors as well as parking for festival patrons.

Anonymous said...

I agree as well 9:33. It's not like we can't afford it because I can well afford it but don't care to. One of our hobbies happens to be driving all over Delmarva in the summer and having our dinner at one of the many FD carnivals. I could see charging a fee maybe for some bigger name entertainment tent but not a fee just to pay again to eat or if you have children to ride rides.

Anonymous said...

I heard it was a bust. Get rid of the entrance fee. The organizers need to work on securing corporate and business sponsors or more of them to offset costs, and set up donation boxes like I have seen at quite a few events that don't charge fees to get in.

Anonymous said...

It does cost to set up & clean up..no doubt...but the vendors are paying thru the nose to be there..$7 admission is unreasonable...why not do $10 parking with free admission?... oh wait - they wouldn't be able to GOUGE you on the per person charge...i will not go again..

Anonymous said...

I have talked to a few people who in the past attended the event...but did not this year and the only reason was the admission fee of 7 dollars...

Anonymous said...

I bet you went on late Sunday afternoon. They save labor costs by just shoveling it into you! No muss,no fuss, just shit& lots of it!

Anonymous said...

I think the fee to enter should be $2.00 they charge the venders. I did not go this year and will not be going anymore until they drop the price.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to request that this be the last year for this event,and what I say usually goes.

Jodi Fry said...

I TOTALLY agree! Why charge an admission fee at all???

Linda said...

this is the first year I went to this event. after walking through grass that was a foot tall with my 8 month old son in a stroller and paying $7 to get in then bought a chicken sandwich that was $8 that had a bone in it. I don't plan on attending this event again ever. There was nothing really of interest we walked in a circle twice and then left I was there for less than an hour

Anonymous said...

Poor people should just stay home and count their food stamps.

Anonymous said...

$7 admission so I can stand in line and pay $12 for some food. Tell me why I should do this?

Watcher said...

Count your blessings that you didn't go the VIP route. I decided to treat one of my friends for mothers day, I won't do it again. I will say the pork was great and we had a "private" tent, it had round tables with pretty green table cloth and no where to sit down. I'm not quite sure what I got for 75.00. I had never been to this event before and doubt I will do it willingly again. OH, you paid 7.00 to get in, haha they charged me 7.00 just to by my tickets online.

Anonymous said...

I refuse to pay admission fees to events like this. I don't mind paying an admission fee if something is included for that fee (such as a free pork sandwich)but I will never pay a 7 dollar admission fee to give me the privilege of coming in to spend more money.