Years and years ago this was a fun weekend activity for both families and groups of friends. Not so anymore. The cost of entrance is enough to turn most people away. There are similar festivals nationwide that are far better and less than half the cost! I got talked into going again last year, and wish I hadn't. They hassle people about bringing outside food in ( some of us with severe food allergies have to..) and if you leave to get something out of your car, they wont let you back in! The cost of food was absolutely embarrassing....so high I first thought they were joking!
its sad..I love so many of the shops there, but I cannot afford to pay close to $30 entrance fee simply to check out the shops. Many of the longtime performers have moved on to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and that is where I'm headed this year. Although it is farther to go, the cost is far more manageable.
I honestly think the owners are likely losing money these days. If they would simply drop their prices to be more competitive, I think they'd see a return in numbers. I used to bring huge groups each year, but stopped about 5 years ago bc of the cost.
Save your money and try the CT Faire. I've heard its great. I'll write a review nce I see it for myself.
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