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..