TyteFystedFolkie wrote:How about folks willing to pay an additional amount to subsidize the family tent, do so.
Ad absurdium, then.
I have two kids, and my wife and I volunteer -- we spend more time at kids stuff than adult stuff, honestly. Three main areas for kids come to mind: mainstage amphitheater, craft tent, and kid performance tent. My parents come, too, and take the kids to events. We spend more money on food and crafts for our kids than for us. And I am one of those kids that grew up at the festival. Plus, I note that the adults USE the kid tent for a whole day of workshops on Thursday; eliminate that tent, and the adult workshops get cancelled.
Oh, and we couldn't go if it cost more for the kids. And we couldn't go if there was not a draw for the kids. So you'd lose all we give, from cash to volunteering.
So, given all that, how about adults willing to pay a premium to subsidize the adult tent(s), do so? After all, it is clear that the adults are the true drain on the festival resources, since a kidless family spends far less at the fest, and uses far more, proportionally, of the fest resources (programs, bands, staffing, late night stages, Thursday workshops, camping space, etc.).
That would, incidentally, be you, TF. I'll be here waiting for your gen'rous donation.
Without the kids, you'd be out standing in your empty field.