We talked about this a lot this weekend and I've been thinking about it a lot after and I think that this is a conversation to have now.
Polkfest, IMO, is an incredible phenomenon in that it started and has largely remained a grass roots event. SOOO many good times that shall not be repeated here on the forum (it's like Vegas). Laughs and memories. That said, the cool thing is that it is a grass roots event that has been, primarily, a social function as opposed to a trade show. Not to say that we haven't been on the vanguard of Polk products in the past....Polkfest attendees have been the first to hear and see numerous Polk products. Polk, historically, has been VERY supportive of the whole Polkfest concept.
Those days, I'm afraid, have ended. This is not a knock on Polk. Times change. Matt Polk is gone. Al and Paul are gone. The folks at Polk now aren't invested in it the way it was in the past. Again, this isn't an anti-Polk rant. Polkfest is just not on their radar anymore....there are reasons for that and we can discuss those but the fact remains that PF just isn't a priority.
So, for Polkfest to continue.....it needs support from the forum. I would HATE to see it die but really, I've gone to the well too often. I'd be more than willing to host every year but I just don't think that (and this isn't an oh woe is me...stroke my ego thing) making a yearly pilgrimage to North Charleston SC is the answer. It just isn't for a number of reasons which I should have seen prior to this.
The point is, Polkfest HAS to be OUR thing. WE have to support it, nurture it....make it an event that we support, like and attend on it's own merit. Not because it gives us an 'in' or family connection to Polk....because those days and the people at Polk who cultivated that are gone. So, my question to the forum....and this is a conversation that needs to take place....is what's next??