The countdown begins to September 15, 2017. Only 10 more weeks to the 2017 Annual Wild Game Feed at Irvine Lake. Did you order your ticket when I told you to order it? Well? If you did, then I hope you are prepared to have more fun than you can stand. If you did not, then I hope you are prepared to wait another year. And I hope you learned a lesson about listening to me when I tell you to order your tickets. No I am not your mom or wife or girlfriend, but this dance should never be missed.
I know that sounds a bit harsh, but every year I get emails from men who waited a few weeks to order their tickets and didn’t get them. And already this year I’ve received more than a few emails from panicked men who didn’t heed my warnings. This little get-together sells out faster every year than the year before. I know of a number of men who now overnight their order forms the very day they receive them. Honestly, this is not a bad idea. In the next few years I expect this to become normal in order to receive tickets. As I said, every year sells out faster than the year before.
Some 20 years ago a guy where I worked came to me the day before the Feed with tickets to sell. He was a member of the Feed and was still pushing the tickets at the last minute. I didn’t buy one, but the company I worked for provided the beer to the Feed, and I was one of the representatives chosen to check up on the activities. Wow. Almost 500 men were having the time of their lives, and I was privileged to join in with them. The next year when the tickets came out, I immediately bought one even though the company planned to send me there again. My reasoning was this: if the company changed its mind about sending me, I could take a vacation day and still participate. I wasn’t going to miss the party. It’s called ‘Insurance.’
Now, some 20 years later, those 500 men have grown to about 1,500 men. And the tickets that were available the day before the Feed are sold out before July 1st. In fact, I was told the tickets last year sold out in just about 3 weeks. If you have a ticket to this year’s Feed, then you have a very valuable ticket to the most desirable party in Orange County. Congratulations!
If this is your first time to attend, please read my page AWGF FAQ’s. It will give you some insight to the process. And even if you have been to the feed many times, it doesn’t hurt to look over this page. If you have any questions not answered by the AWGF FAQ’s page, you should find some information there about how to contact me. I may not be able to help you, but I will certainly try.
For those without tickets, I don’t really know how to help you, but here are a few tips. 1) Check out Craig’s list. I’ve seen them there in the past. 2) Sometimes people post on Facebook about having extra tickets. 3) Sometimes men in line at the Feed have an extra ticket to two. All of these are a possibility, and some men succeed in obtaining tickets in these ways, but most men do not succeed after the initial order date. The best bet is to order tickets when the order forms arrive.
Now it’s time for me to go pack my car again. I do this several times each year just to make certain I can get my things there and, more importantly, back home again. There is nothing quite like getting everything to the feed, having a great time, and not being able to get it back into the car to go home. More than once I’ve seen it happen, so I practice loading and unloading. And it helps me to remember what I’m bringing both directions (I also use a checklist). Plus it helps me control the anticipation.
See you at the Feed!