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Festival registration

Postby Mistydawn » Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:28 pm

When you're planning on attending a festival, how far in advance do you send in your registration/reservation/fee? I'm aware that "one size doesn't fit all", but please pick an answer that fits an average time for you. I'm mainly talking about a weekend-long (or lengthier) festival where you'd be staying on-site at least one night.
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Postby woods » Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:37 pm

It's difficult to give a single answer on this one, but I chose the less than 1 month. Most of the festivals I attend are not the expensive type, so they have walk-in registration (Evart, Gebhard Woods, String Fling, Great River). On the other hand, if I'm going to Deep Fork I like to let 'em know about a month or two in advance. And even more advanced for the Dulcisister's socials. Like I say, I chose the answer for the most common ones I attend. But there is no single answer that fits.
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Postby missy » Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:55 pm

I'm not choosing a response, because as woods said, it depends. If it's a pretty laid back festival, maybe no or only one "name" performer and a small fee - we'll just pay at the door. If it's something such as Kentucky Music Week or Cullawee (I know that's not spelled correctly) where you are paying not just of the classes, but registering for many, and reserving lodging, etc. - I'd say get your paperwork in at the earliest possible time (helps the organizers, too!!!). If it's something where there are multiple classes and instructors / performers, I'd say at least 2 weeks, preferably a month ahead of time. Again - I'm looking at it more from an organizers standpoint then from attending - it's nice to know how many are coming!!! Then there are those festivals where WE don't even know if we are playing or not, but we just hold that weekend and show up, and I'll be darn if there isn't a festival!!! Some folks that I love dearly have NO idea on how to be organized!!!!!LOL!
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Postby dulcibeader » Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:27 pm

I voted 2 - 3 months ahead. But then - anticipation is part of the fun for me. And if I am registered - it seems more sure. I can put it on my calender when hubby can see it too and know what I am planning. THAT is important too. Elizabeth
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Postby modulcimer » Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:55 pm

This is a hard one to answer, like most have said it depends on the festival or function. Sometimes I'll register ahead if its a big event I'm planning on attending. But most of the time I just pay at the door. But I usually make motel reservations about a month or two ahead. So I choose at less than a month. Rod
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Postby Ardenvoir » Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:48 pm

I couldn't say an average, because usually about 6 weeks for a weekend festival and 4 months or more for a week-long one. There's a big difference.
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Postby PRS » Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:17 pm

I voted for 2-3 months before. There are no festivals close enough for us to drive back and forth everyday, so we have to plan ahead for traveling time, a place to stay, etc. Also, sending in registration ahead of time helps us spread out the total cost. And sending the money and making those motel reservations helps us get the event ON our calendar and off the maybe list!
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Postby tjcox » Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:41 am

Thats a good question usally 2-3 mo. but then it kind of depends on how far away it is.
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Postby Estelien » Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:29 am

I've never been able to attend an overnight festival, so I wouldn't know...
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Postby Davef » Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:54 am

It varies so much I don't know how to answer, I just sent in reservations for one in June but others I may not even preregister because we never know till the last minute on most of them.
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