[quote="Starmiter"]Ok, this makes no sense on its face, and is contradictory - first, you make the argument that there aren't enough children to justify having a separate kids/family tent (and related equipment), and then state that children should pay a 'premium' price to make their parents feel happy? Let me explain how this works...pay attention, as I'm not going to repeat it...
As it stands, there's trouble coordinating all the acts with the stages available, so the kids/family tent wouldn't be eliminated at all, but most likely converted into a 'Workshop Stage II' or something, so they'd still be spending money for the tent & equipment, so no savings there.
Next, as for the kids not adding more $ to the Festival's bottom-line, you seem to overlook the fact that a) kids get hungry and thirsty and b) want to have everything in sight. That means kids-size T-shirts from the Merch tent, and more food tickets bought for them to use, all of which generate $ for the festival, and more family-oriented CDs for them to purchase from kids/family-oriented performers selling their wares, of which the Festival gets a cut, so no loss of revenue to the Festival there.
Lastly, as for paying a 'premium,' if parents had to do that, then there'd not only be *fewer* kids, but fewer items purchased at the Festival, and THEN you'd have the drain on the Festival that you're complaining about - in other words, it ain't broke, so don't try to fix it as you'd only turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Oh, and kids who go to the Festival tend to turn into full-price-paying-adults who go to the Festival later, and ultimately bring their kids with them, thus creating subsequent generations of Festival-goers and merchandise-buyers, so try and get your logic straight before going off on kids/family entertainment - tends to make you come across as anti-kids.
You have mo marketing research to document that childhood attendees necessarily become paying adults in the future.
Most of those extra bidness workshops are really quite bogus, and needn't have an expensive venue.....hell, some of them could take place in the food tent at a single table.
It's really Anne and Bub's 'call'.....do they wanna keep pissing away precious resources.
Remember folks, this festival is in danger of fading into oblivion.