Our west coast meet and greet was lightly attended, and I was wondering if attendance at other meet ups across the country have also been down?
But what if the numbers did matter?I can't speak for non-Steve Saunders events but numbers don't matter if you meet up with even one new or good friend as is so often the case with this forum.
I had a better time with a half a dozen memebrs in Front Royal than I have ever had in Port Dover with a turn out of over 100,000.
It is true that turnout can be a reflection of the economy but the knife can slice two ways.
If the economy is bad you can't afford to go and if it's too good you can't get the time off. :?
Numbers don't count if we're just talking about fun.But what if the numbers did matter?
What draws the Masses to events? Aside from the obvious "People", what has to be at these events to draw people to them?
I ask because based on some of the events that I have been to, there is no rhyme or reason to what draws the most people, or very few. Some events are at Hotels/ motels like Eureka Springs and I see that event getting larger and larger each year (over the past couple of years that I have been here). Yet I was at Diggers Ride which was held at a campgrounds that was getting swallowed up by the over flowing Mississippi river, yet the crowd of people that were there was great as well....... Then I have been to some that just don't get that many people showing up. The eastern M&G that you attended, had the most attendees the first year it was held than the past 2 years...... Why? The camp grounds I don't think is set up the best for bathrooms and showers, along with water and electric for those who want it, but other than that, it's cheap, hotels nearby for those who want, some of the best riding and scenery around............
so is it the timing of the year? week end or week day? Hotel or camping? plastic spork and a napkin or silverware and linens?
What Draws the Masses?? Again..... If numbers count, what draws the numbers?
The only guarantees are death and taxes.I have been to a couple of gatherings that have included, from the host a meal of some sort. Which I think is a great idea, but how much of a meal does one plan on when the group size is unknown? I know what draws me to some of these events and I would admit that people is one of the draws, however price is paramount for me...... What are these few days going to cost me? $200? $400? $2000? It matters to me.
Not sure weather has a huge impact. I went to the Motocampers gathering in Tellico this summer and rode in the worst rainstorm I had ever rode in (or should I say, couldn't ride in), to get there. When I arrived people were already there and they continued to come even though it rained every day that weekend, and I beleive it to was a record crowd for a growing annual event.
Halfling is planning N7. How does John commit to dinning plans, room reservations $$, recreation items when the head count, a year away, is unknown??
So I guess my question would be, If I (or anyone) plans an event in the future, and I want to plan on 100 people coming (+-a few) How do I plan to assure, that 100 people will be there?
is it ...........
Hotel or Camp?
Time of year?
I'd be the Goldwing heading the other way because I don't do rides.Thanks for sticking with me here Nobbie and sorry to hear of your health problem. Your feedback makes one think........
I know my questions seem like a broken record but when I re-read what I write, I think of Harley groups, That group of Zoom Splats in NYC, the Valkyrie meets that Dubswing posted about a while ago.
Lets take the HD guys........ Go by any dealership Thursday through Saturday, Any dealership, and it is jammed! 200 - 300 bikes every night. I see Harley riders in groups of 60+ all the time. Why?
My son goes to VW meets a couple of times a year where literally thousands can show up from every where in the country. Why?
Last weekend I met NCAspenWing at Wings over NC. There were a couple hundred bikes there, nice people, but I would bet that Larry and I were the only two there that knew about Nassir events, or any local meet & Greets. (Maybe a table there would have beem a good idea for Halfling & Dubs...... Hindsight, 20/20....)........
I would love to see 2 or 300 hundred Goldwings going down the road.......... what a sight that would be......