The Free Press touts the new Winnipeg Folk Festival price structure as a break for families (Folk fest gives families a break, Nov. 15). Really?
I have been going to the festival for more than 20 years, and for the past five or so of those with my wife and two children.
Last summer, a five-day pass for a family with two kids between ages five and 14 cost $456. Next summer it will be $450. The adult ticket price increase eats up virtually any savings.
But here is the shocker. In 2013, five-day passes for a family of four with two children aged 13 and 14 cost $456. In 2014 it will be $720.
The Edmonton Folk Festival, at which many of the Winnipeg festival acts perform, would cost my family $480. One-day tickets there are $20. Here they are $58.
I am also forced to purchase a five-day pass but can only attend on the weekend. This is a price hike that has been built in for the past few years.
The folk festival has become an upper-middle-class event. It is far from the days when everyone could go and see what it is all about.
Thanks for the memories.