As BreyerFest grows each year it is also constantly evolving to make sure that we are providing guests with the best possible experience. We really do read your feedback when you respond to the survey and we listen to your comments when you talk to staff at the event. We want to make sure that everyone has a great BreyerFest and comes back year after year.
To accommodate the growing crowds of horse fans, we need to make tweaks each year, and some tweaks are bigger than others, so for this post we are going to outline what a few of those will be in 2020 at our Celtic Fling!
For 2019, we added a table in the Special Run Store so Three-Day ticket holders could grab their Celebration Horse models while they were buying their Special Run models and many guests took advantage of this! This is not changing. However, we are moving Celebration Horse Model Handout out of the Covered Arena and we are moving Single-Day model handout out of the Help Desk area.
For 2020, ALL Three-Day and Single-Day model tickets may be redeemed at the same location. This location will be in a large tent in the parking lot just past the large pop-up Souvenir Shop and will be marked on the map in the program and in our From the Horse’s Mouth guide. Models will be available all weekend long, so there is no need to stand in long lines to get your models – each model redemption ticket guarantees you a model.
For 2020, we are moving workshops OUT of the Big Barn (we heard that the barn swallows were none too fond of us being in there…) and INTO a large, AIR CONDITIONED tent in the annex ring, complete with flooring! All workshops will be held in this centrally-located tent in the middle of all the BreyerFest action. As always, workshops require pre-registration online.
As BreyerFest grows, we realize that having just one Help Desk/Information booth is no longer practical. The tent at the south end of the Covered Arena will remain, but we will be adding information tents around the park – all of their locations will be indicated on the BreyerFest event map in the program and in our From the Horse’s Mouth guide and include Celebration Park, near the Special Run tent, and near the Alltech Arena. Here, you can grab a program, ask questions, and chat with our BreyerFest Ambassadors! Look for the Breyer-branded tents around the KHP!
We are expanding the Hands-on Hobby Booth to now include the BreyerFest Diorama contest and creating one large Hobby Center. This means we are moving the Diorama contest out of the VIC – we are receiving so many entries that this space is no longer practical to showcase everyone’s amazing work!
While you’re in the Hobby Center, check out the amazing dioramas and chat with the incredibly talented hobby volunteers staffing the tent. Many of them have printed information about what they’re working on that you can take home.
BreyerFest hosts two raffles that support the non-profit beneficiaries we’ve selected for each year. The Saturday Raffle will be called at 4:30 pm in the Covered Arena – this has not changed from previous years. However, we’ve added a 19th Special Run ticket time on Sunday at 2 pm so to accommodate this, we are pushing the Sunday Raffle back to 3:30 pm. This way, guests have plenty of time to complete their 2 pm shopping time in the Special Run store and make their way over to the Covered Arena for the Raffle. As always, you must be present at the raffles to win.
There will not be a costume contest in 2020 before the evening show at the Alltech Arena. We’ve been blown away by everyone’s creativity over the last few years, but we just feel like we can develop a better way for all your hard work to be seen and appreciated. Not to worry though! Those coveted glossy Celebration Horse prize models aren’t going away. Instead, BOTH nights of the evening show we are going to raffle off glossy Celebration Horse models to a handful of lucky winners! Each person in attendance will receive a raffle ticket at the door, with no option to purchase additional tickets. Everyone who is there has an equal chance to win – no bulky costumes required!
We have always loved the amazing displays of creativity at the BreyerFest Costume Contest. After careful consideration, we felt that we were not able to properly honor participants' time and effort on their costumes with the current format of judging before the ever-growing popularity of our Evening Show. We are hoping that the Costume Contest will return at future BreyerFests when we can give it all of the love and attention it deserves!
Here at BreyerFest HQ we are excited to bring you the best event we can each year – after all, this event is for YOU, the Breyer Fan.
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