Here is my emial to all the awesome volunteers and others who helped during the day at FOODSTOCK
To All my volunteers,
Well what can I say but we did it!!!!. We made history on Sunday Oct 16 2011. I've been going over the numbers and WOW about 28,000 people attended. All of you volunteers did an outstanding job and you should all be very proud of yourselves.
This awesome event has been in the works since end of June (yes really, it was not very long to put this together). Working in the north parking lot for most of the day with you all was such a great experience and the comments were so great to hear. Everyone was smiling and raved about the food (which I only had a few bits thanks to some of you volunteers and concerned guests I found along the way) and the musicians and artists .
So many thought this was the greatest idea. Even when it was raining they told me that they where so happy be a part of this event we called Foodstock. To look and see all the cars parked down county Rd. 124, 3rd line, country road 21 and the 20th sideroad & our parking lots was like WOW (something out of a movie). At one point the traffic jam stretched all the way to Shelburne (13 km away)
Some people even parked near Horning's Mills and walked (5km) just to be a part of this. Thank you all for volunteering. You were all the greatest team I had a chance to work with (I'm a real estate agent not a event planner LOL :) There was NEVER any doubts in my mind that this was going to the the biggest event north of Hwy 7 in Ontario. I could not have done this with out all your help. Sometimes it was overwhelming, sometime crazy, sometimes disorganized on my part. I forgot a few things, could not get people to the south parking lot to the registration table, I missed the counters for the first 1hr). I have certainly stepped outside of my box through this whole journey and met lots of great people along the way.
Giving multiple interviews along the way - working with an amazing team to put Foodstock together and even being a part of a special CBC's The National was amazing.
My only regret about the whole day is that I never had a chance to feed you (my volunteers and for that I am very sorry) and for those in the afternoon that got there and did not have booth to check in, again I'm sorry) I did try but failed to get people to you as the amount of cars and people was pouring in). One big dissapointment was that CBC and Global and some other TV new stations did not cover the event! I wonder how many people we need to get at the next event before they take notice!
I have some numbers for you to think about.
North Parking Area (3rd line just north of 20th sideroad)
Parking - We parked 6,514 cars, 10 Buses in the north parking lot, on 3rd line, county road 21, Hwy 124, 20th sideroad.
People - We checked in 19,152 though the North lot main gate ONLY. Holy crap…LOL
Cars stuck in mud - 15 in total
Tractors - 6 working in the parking lots around the site
Gators - 6 plus - 5 ATV's and trailers ( getting the chefs to their locations)
Injurys - 3 (sprained ankles)
Robberies - 0
Police arrestes - 0
Donations - Are still being worked on
South Pakring 20th sideroad
Parking I counted aprox 3,234 cars
People - We had no counters there but I did have some updates from people taking the donations and they where guessing that had 3,324X2 people per car = 6,468
Entrance off 124 only for Band members, speakers, some chefs, friends of foodstock - The count of people in this location is rough as the public started to rush up the driveway…It was so crazy..LOL. But again we tried to keep track of the amount of people and 3,000 is a guess.
So in total be had about 28,982 people attend food stock!!! Sweet
Some other notes:
At one point the traffic was jammed all the way from Shelburne to 20th sideroad (13km) but the police helped get that shortened down to 5km :)
I also found out that 50% of the food was gone by 2pm
If any of you have video or photos of the musicians and speeches. I sure would love a copy of it or any photos of the event would be great.
Anyways I think the forest are back to normal, all quiet now. Oh, wait a minute……….things will never be normal!!! We've just started and our Stop the Mega Quarry movement is now 28,000 + STRONG. WE JUST MADE HISTORY!
It is only memories now but wonderful memories they are.
Pat yourself on the back. We deserve it.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved.
David Waters - 519-215-0107 Cell
your friend, your supporter, foodstock co-organizer and real estate agent…..I say THANK YOU!
Please write back and let me know your stories…for better or worse :)
PS - I hope I did not miss any ones name - If I did please pass this one for me.