None of us likes too many rules and dictates but any event of this size and stature must have them to clearly outline what constitutes acceptable behaviour and what does not.
With his in mind, it seems like now is a good time to review the guidelines under which we must operate. First of all, the Deerfield Fair Association rules prohibit alcohol, and open fires anywhere on the property. Charcoal grills, barbecues, gas grills are permitted!
You should be advised that The Town of Deerfield has a "no open container" by-law on their books. I have been advised by the Chief of police that they patrol the grounds and anyone found in possession of an open container may result in the offender being arrested, taken to jail, appearing in court to answer charges and possible fines or other penalties.
Dogs and other household pets are permitted (no exotics, please), However they must be on a leash at all times and owners must "stoop and scoop", removing all traces in the event that nature calls.
A "Pack it in - Pack it out" philosophy regarding garbage is highly recommended because it helps us keep down the costs of hosting this event which is close to $10,000.00, all things considered.
In addition, the now-traditional NEAR-Fest policy regarding abandoning unsold junk and scrap metal will be strictly enforced at NEAR-Fest II. All offering of "free items" must be in boxes and owners must remove them if no one takes them.
We wish to emphasize the fact that disposal of unwanted items is your responsibility not ours. Please do not put anything in our garbage cans or dumpsters other than regular trash. DO NOT attempt to conceal CRT monitors, computers (desktops and laptops), keyboards, printers, or other crap in the normal trash containers.
Offenders are at risk of incurring the wrath of the NEAR-Fest Sergeant-at-Arms and will face being publicly chastised with the possibly of being unceremoniously ejected from the 'Fester and permanently barred from attending future NEAR-Fest events! It isn't worth it so don't risk it. We may be able to offer disposal facilities for metal and other items but don't count on it.
Finally we wish to advise everyone to try to navigate the grounds on foot whenever possible. The pathways at Deerfield are narrow and often crowded so unless you have physical difficulty walking for expended periods or otherwise legitimate reason please do not use bicycles or scooters to get around. We don't want anyone to be hurt or injured while attending our event so please take this under advisement.
We are looking forward to Friday morning 0900 when the gates will open and NEAR-Fest II will be underway.
Mister Mike, W1RC