Re: Magfest General Questions
... long time MagFester checking in...
Q#2 - - The folks that have the full weekend ticket, will have a sticker put on their car so the traffic control folks know they are camping. Daytrippers don't get the car sticker. As you drive by, everyone has to show their wristband. So, no; your friends coming in for Sat only, won't be able to drive themselves to your camp. You will
be able to pick them up at the gate and shuttle them in w/ coolers etc. to put at your camp for the day. It seems years ago, they made a deal about not letting daytrippers in to camp areas, but I do not recall that being an issue in the last several years at MagFest. I don't think they get very many daytrippers, so I don't think the security people are advised to prohibit non-campers from hanging in the camp areas. You just have to show you're properly paid up for the event (wristband), and ya gotta have that camper sticker on your car for any vehicle going into the camp areas.
Q#3 - - You can set up chairs from 9am on I believe. Rivernole is correct about attendance numbers and the amphitheater being the 'main stage'. However, you need not be paranoid about leaving your chair setup for the day at the amphitheater for MagFest ... matter of fact, the 'rules of the road' printed in the MagFest program specifically state that chairs may be used by anyone, until you return. I've never had a chair stolen from the stage, but over the years, I've drunkenly left several overnight by mistake (OOPS!); they were taken away by the morning cleanup crew. This is also stated in the printed 'rules of the road': chairs left overnight are removed in the AM...
At MagFest, chairs stay right up front all day long, with folks sitting in them, all day long. Dancers tend to do their thing along the sidelines. UP UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR DONNA THE BUFFALO. If your chair is near the stage, and particularly on the concrete slab in front,
when Donna hits, in short order your chair WILL get folded, and WILL eventually be set aside to make room for more dancers. That's just how it is, and so forewarned is forearmed or something like that
That said, it's a very neighborly & friendly crowd, with tons of regulars, and people treat each other well almost without fail. Be nice, and you will get nice back