Frustrated is one word I can use to describe how I & my family & friends felt at tonights Skyfire event and I’m certain we’re not alone judging by many complaints I heard from people sitting around us. Myself, husband, 2 kids and our newborn arrived at 6 just in time for the fighter jet (which I can say was the highlight!) but then things went downhill from there.
We found a nice spot to sit at regatta point, but on venturing down to get some hot food as was promoted as being there on the 104.7 website i questioned – Why would an organizer of an event that attracts thousands of people put only 2 small food vans onsite???
We joined the line to find out the people in front of us had been waiting 50 minutes already and there were at least 100 people still in front of us. There was only fairy floss and popcorn left so needless to say we didn’t wait and were left with 2 hungry kids.
I counted 73 people in the toilet queue for the one and only toilet nearby so I’m glad the kids knew how to ‘hold it in’.
I heard that the police were there to crack down on rowdiness and under age drinking – there were none to be seen where we were sitting but the droves of teens coming in with cartons of bunch rum and beers the pics would have been way out numbered. Sad to say with 2 hungry kids busting for the toilet we left when the rain came just after 7 and missed the main event. Glad we did because with no lighting, the after dark mad rush to the car would have been mayhem.
Next year can the organizes please put a little more thought into the services you provide for the number of people you are expecting?? For the sanity and safety of the biggest audience – young families – spare a thought!