Originally Posted by Vern Smith
A couple of weekends ago I drove up to Venice Florida to see what was going on at the FG sponsored Huck Fest. The spectator attendance was very impressive, I would estimate several hundred. It's a very nice facility with more than adequate provisions for food, beverages and sanitary facilities. It was Saturday and there were 17 fliers. Why would this event be so poorly attended by a group of pilots that have over ninety thousand posts in their dedicated thread? What did the event organizers do wrong?
Hey Vern, I attended on Saturday and I have to tell you that it was probably a blessing in disguise that it was poorly attended. I didn't get the idea that the people running the event had ever been to a huckfest before or knew how one was supposed to run. Being a first time event is no excuse either. The one held in apopka last year a week after joe nall was a much better run event, that was catered to the pilots and having fun. Not throwing stones at the venice guys, if they had put half as much effort in promoting it to the pilots here on flying giants and other forums as much as they promoted it locally to spectators, I think the results would have been different.
Here are the things I saw specifically wrong.
No lights for night flying
No mention of pilot prizes, raffle held on sunday instead of saturday which is almost always the main day of the event.
When I went to pay my landing fee, there was no organization, no one could tell me anything about raffles or if my landing fee included a lunch or pilots dinner which I thought was supposed to be standard fare for a huckfest.
This one was the strangest of all.....Saturday afternoon it looked like we were going to get a squall move through. There was nothing behind it on the radar. It took about 45 minutes to blow through. In that time everyone and I mean EVERYONE except Tony Greene and myself had left. No one from venice RC was there at all, just tony and I. I simply could not believe it. Here is the video
you only have to watch the very beginning and the very ending I won't bore you with my pitiful flying.
This isn't bashing this is what happened, hopefully if they decide to do it again, they will at least pretend to care about promoting the event to pilots instead of spectators.