Porcfest and ForkFest attendees share their perspectives on the event. How was it for vendors? How did this year differ from past years? What was better, what was worse?
Tuesday, the second day of Porcfest & ForkFest, we went cliff jumping with some friends at a popular area nearby. Also, the Space Disco starts really coming together with the lights and music. Fun night with early arrivals.
I learned that Rogers Campground reserved all available spots in the first three rows (“Agora Valley”). Yesterday I speculated that the vendors were responding to former intrusion in the marketplace by the heavy hand of FSP Inc bureaucracy by not renting sites in Agora Valley. That was wrong! Instead the truth is they are opting to come later in the week.
In previous years, FSP Inc had required all vendors in Agora Valley to register and be set up to sell to attendees ALL WEEK LONG, from the beginning of the festival to the end. That’s a heavy burden for some. They want to maximize for profit and fun, and it should be their choice whether they want to be there selling for one day or seven days. If they have employees to pay, this could mean they can’t even operate due to the high cost of paying labor all week.
Instead, this year, vendors choose. Good.
WARNING! DISTURBING CONTENT! This is the episode recorded live from PorcFest 2016. Featuring Steven, Dylan, Seth, Joe, Remington, William, David, & Derrick. Featuring Hershel, Doron, and about a dozen shameful beasts that shall remain nameless.
“You can vote to your heart’s content. Voting is gambling. What you’re promised is not always what you get. Quit while you’re ahead. – Davi Barker, PorcFest Vendor”
CNN came to PorcFest. I heard they were going to be there, but I expected logos and lights to reveal them to me. I never saw them. Chris Moody, the Senior Digital Correspondent, attended the week-long freedom festival in the white mountains of New Hampshire and interviewed handfuls of movers for the Free State Project. Some of their language may surprise you:
“I’m a decade into not paying taxes. And I think, you know, when you start to talk to more people around here, you’ll find that there’s already a lot of people within this group who don’t pay federal taxes. A lot of them. – Ian Freeman, Radio Host”
“It’s the only vending machine in the world where you can buy some Milk Duds, a marijuana test, and some ammunition. – Chris Moody, CNN Correspondent”