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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 05:48 PM
Anyone have any advice and or comments about bringing children to Wanee ?, my wife and I really want to attend, (would be our 1st) finding a sitter is an issue, our youngest 2 boys are 11 and 8............ Thanks and .......PEACE......joe
 
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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 06:44 PM
I was wondering the same thing, except for a 4 year old. And also do they have to have tickets at all ages or are kids under a certain age discounted or free?

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 07:53 PM
Here is a thread from last years years festival.....

http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&am p;file=viewthread&tid=60014

There are quite a few people from this site that bring kids and granchildren...real young kids and grandchildren...

I would not hesitate to bring mine at all, but they are too big to roll with Daddy.....

 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 08:27 PM
Thanks bluedad, Hey yurtle I guess the final say is up to each one of us parents as to wether our child would enjoy and hold up well for this type of event, all my kids (4) have seen the ABB at least once except the littlest one........PEACE........joe
 

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  posted on 2/17/2008 at 08:31 PM
I'd think long and hard about it. Fairly strick supervision is in order for younger kids.
I was there two years ago, camping next to a family with one young child. he was 9 or so years old. the kid was exposed to a lot in a short period of time. the grandparents kept
very close watch of him the entire time. which is what you would need to do. pm for more info if you'd like.

 

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  posted on 2/18/2008 at 08:02 AM
I went last year and I remember a thread here after the festival from a very pissed off single Mom who brought both of her young kids and was forced to pay full adult admission price for both of them. There were no kid's tickets. So you may want to call someone first, try the festival website, I believe it's www.waneefestival.com. A two day adult Wanee pass is somewhere between $125 and $150 so if it's the same as last year obviously you'll be out a large chunk of cash before you even factor in food, drinks, etc. The good news for you is that a campsite is included in that price.

I'm updating my post 'cause I just looked under tickets on the website I listed above. Children 5 and under will be admitted free. So if they're 6 or over, you're stuck with paying full admission price.

[Edited on 2/18/2008 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 2/18/2008 at 09:08 AM
I respectfully disagree with those who are of the opinion that it's alright to bring your children along to Wanee . While it is a fun environment for us grown folks , there's a lot that goes on that little eyes and ears shouldn't be exposed to . My group always camps in the primitive area, and there hasn't been a year where a wayward user hasn't approached us trying to make another score .

I guess you could pull it off if you want to spend a good deal of your time shielding your little ones from some of the things that go on amongst the festival attendees , but what's the point ? You're there to unwind right ? If you decide that your children should attend , I hope they have a great time and enjoy the music . I'm sorry to be a stick in the mud , but I feel as though people should be aware of what they might be subjecting their children to .

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  posted on 2/18/2008 at 09:18 AM
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I respectfully disagree with those who are of the opinion that it's alright to bring your children along to Wanee . While it is a fun environment for us grown folks , there's a lot that goes on that little eyes and ears shouldn't be exposed to . My group always camps in the primitive area, and there hasn't been a year where a wayward user hasn't approached us trying to make another score .

I guess you could pull it off if you want to spend a good deal of your time sheilding your little ones from some of the things that go on amongst the festival atendees , but what's the point ? You're there to unwind right ? If you decide that your children should attend , I hope they have a great time and enjoy the music . I'm sorry to be a stick in the mud , but I feel as though people should be aware of what they might be subjecting their children to .
I feel the same way. I have experienced alot of things at Wanee that I would not want my 7 year old granddaughter to see. Not that I was shocked or offended just would not want to subject a 7 year old too.

 

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  posted on 2/18/2008 at 09:33 AM
This year's festival should be larger than in previous years and people will be packed in close by the stages and in the camping areas nearest the stages. There were some yucky things ( something about someone taking a dump in public) that went on last year. We have kids in our camp (Helen's Hilton) but they are festival veterans.

Remember there are undercover agents all over the park and ATF was having a field day with underage drinkers so they try to keep things under control but people still do "stuff" out in the open where young eyes might see.

 

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  posted on 2/18/2008 at 09:47 AM
My daughters are 19 and 16, and I wouldn't feel comfortable taking them. I have done all I can to shield them from the things I was exposed to (and participated in) when I was their ages back in the 70's. After they've graduated from college, they will be free to do as they wish. Hopefully, they'll never pick up the bad habits their dad has (or had.) I do hope if they have any questions, they will feel like they are able to talk to me about them.

 

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  posted on 2/18/2008 at 10:10 AM
If you have to ask, you already know the answer. IMHO....

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 10:53 AM
i've been to swanee a few times as well as other festivals where children are around, and its never been a problem for me. I do understand some of yall's concern with exposing kids to the activities that are known to occurr. Some of the festivals have a family area and kid friendly activities (not sure if wannee does) which may help. i think the worse your going to see especially at wanee is some drunks and maybe some people smoking dope. eventually your kids are going to see that anyway. generally the people at wanee are very respectable and shouldn't give you or your kids any trouble.

i say take them and enjoy the festival.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 11:23 AM
FWIW my five year old son had a great time last year playing an area that was sort of cordoned by us parents for them to play from go-time until after the Brothers played. And they had a blast. I didn't see any children interacting with the elements that all of you rightfully seem concerned with. Believe it or not there is a Wanee I was exposed to last year that was nearly completely drug free. And my kids & my wife & I made lots of new friends who I feel certain would speak the same way as I am about it.

In the last few weeks with the warmer weather my five year old has been asking if we are going back to the dance pary this year (Wanee). Unfortunately I will be on the West Coast that weekend so the answer was no.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 11:32 AM
A_Shell, I agree. It's not the people at the festival I want to shield my kids from. They're all great!! It's the smokin' and drinkin'. I just don't want them to be exposed to it while they are still students. That was my downfall in the 70's. I discovered the joys of hemp and lost my ambition. I know I can't shield them from it forever, but I've done a pretty damn good job of it, so far.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 11:36 AM
You know the issues that go on. But, If I was going to take younger children to a festival. Wanee would be the one.

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 02:21 PM
The "pissed off single mom" here. I was pissed off for 2 reasons. 1 - I was told one story on the phone and got another at the gate; and 2) it's just not fair to charge full price for people who don't take up space close to the stage or take in any late night music. Families don't get to see as much music. It would make sense if a child had a reserved seat, but not in a festival/camping situation.

That having been said, it was a wonderful experience for my 2 kids and my son's best friend (ages 11 & 13 at the time.) It does require care & planning, and I could not take in all the late night music that I wanted. I would say it was worth it to me for them to have this experience, despite it starting on a sour note.

My kids have been seeing music - Grateful Dead, Phish, Panic, Mule, & festivals at this park since they were born, but it was my son's friend's first experience with live music & camping, so it was super-cool for him. He promptly bought some Allman Bros. when he got home. I just wished the promoters would have cut me a break.

If you don't want your kids to see adults smoking pot or stumbling drunk, it's your job to steer them elsewhere, and that's what we did. They don't want to see that any more than I want them to. It actually wasn't that difficult to keep it PG-13.

I doubt that we will make it this year. I lost my job and am making do on unemployment. Please send good vibes/prayers our way so we can see some more music!

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 07:44 PM
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If you have to ask, you already know the answer. IMHO....


I was only askin for as far as ticket price budgeting. At the age of four they can't really tell a whole lot about whats "really" going on. My wife and I are both very responsible civil servants that do not feel that looking after our child is a hassle, but more so a blessing. We could enjoy watching her, watching the live music, and getting her groove on more than the shows themselves. She really loves the music, and got a tent and air mattress for x-mas. There are dangers and madness in this world that we must all reckon with eventually.

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 10:03 PM
Our kids have had a great time at many shows. They've been to Wanee as well as other festivals. I think Wanee is actually a fairly kid-friendly place, but you need to use your head. It's certainly no worse than a lot of big city street festivals can get, and if you're hanging out with the HTW famabbly folks, you can get your kids together with others, they can have fun, and so can you.

Yes, you operate differently when you have the kids along. That's just life and being responsible. But the atmosphere is generally good, and if you just keep an eye out for your kids(and we all sort of took turns last year), you'll all have a great time.

The Spirit Of Suwannee is also a good venue in general, with the pool and other facilities to entertain the young ones.

Sadly, ours probably won't get to come this year. The original date was during spring break, but they moved it back a week, and they can't affford to miss any more days of school for 'unexcused' absences.
Think we could get Wanee declared a religious event?

 

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  posted on 2/19/2008 at 11:07 PM
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FWIW my five year old son had a great time last year playing an area that was sort of cordoned by us parents for them to play from go-time until after the Brothers played. And they had a blast. I didn't see any children interacting with the elements that all of you rightfully seem concerned with. Believe it or not there is a Wanee I was exposed to last year that was nearly completely drug free. And my kids & my wife & I made lots of new friends who I feel certain would speak the same way as I am about it.

In the last few weeks with the warmer weather my five year old has been asking if we are going back to the dance pary this year (Wanee). Unfortunately I will be on the West Coast that weekend so the answer was no.


My son spent most of his free time with Brian and his family and FarmerMaggie and her family along with the kids at Helen's Hilton and he's going again this year (his 3rd). What I always liked about the folks that I hang with is their hands off attitude about 'stuff'. No one is pressuring me and no one has done 'stuff' in front of Ethan. There is a lot of respect at Helen's Hilton and I surely wouldn't want folks to wander in and try foolishness.

The question can be answered a 1,000 ways and each answer is correct. There are party areas and there are family areas. The minstrels will walk among you all weekend, its part of the vibe. I trust all my friends with my child and they need not fear when their kid is with me.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2008 at 09:43 AM
You are supposed to pay full adult price for any child over the age of FIVE.
 
 


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