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And now, final note from your CNW Production Staff…
Wow, we can hardly believe the event is almost upon us. Are you ready for a visit to CriticaLand: The Jankies Place On Earth!? We sure are. We’re so excited to show you what we’ve created and to see the amazing things each of you will be bringing.
We’ll be here to answer your questions as long as we can before heading to the event site but please be aware that most of the Critical Northwest staff are arriving on-site Friday for setup. Once we hit the site we will for the most part be off-com.
A reminder, please read through the FAQ (http://www.criticalnw.org/faq/) and many other resources we have posted on the website. Below are answers to a few of the more common questions we get asked.
If you were sent a discount code but you didn’t claim your ticket in time, please print and bring with you the email you received with the discount code. We will sell you a ticket at the gate at the ticket level you were awarded. Please be prepared to show a valid identification and provide payment in US dollars (cash only).
Can I get in/out privileges?
Please come prepared to stay for the duration of the event. In/outs are discouraged and can only be granted with the express permission of the Production Team.
Is there internet on site?
There may be some spotty cellular coverage on site but we encourage you to put away your devices and come engage in the event and play with us!
I haven’t registered my RV/camper/vehicle I’m camping in, is it too late?
RV registration is closed and all spaces accounted for. Other vehicle campers should seek space within or amongst theme camps. There is not “open camping” for vehicles. All registered vehicles have been assigned a space.
OMG I’m freaking out about being a first-timer/prepared enough.
BREATHE! Do your best to be prepared and furthermore, be prepared to have a great time. Need some advice? Hit up the Facebook group. There are many long-time participants there who will be happy to help you out. We know you’ll have an amazing time. Show up, grow, participate, engage, learn and HAVE FUN!
We look forward to seeing you when the gates open at 10am on Monday!
Where can you find more answers?
Critical NW website (http://www.criticalnw.org/)
Critical NW Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/124829900110/)
Critical NW Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/458912454178772/)
2013 CRITICAL NW WAIVER / RELEASE FORM
Want to expedite your entry to Critical Northwest? Print and fill out your waiver (http://www.criticalnw.org/downloads/cnw13waiver.pdf) ahead of time and breeze right through. If you’d rather just fill it out when you arrive, that’s fine too, but even so, you are encouraged to read and understand this document prior to attending the event.
2013 CRITICAL NW MAP
Want to know where theme camps are? Need to see where the all the cool art is? Check out the CNW 2013 Map! (http://www.criticalnw.org/map/) There are increased destination spots and integrated theme camp and non-theme camp participant camping, allowing for more interaction between ‘established’ and ‘emerging’ participants. There is LOTS of “open camping” mixed in around established theme camps in the Highball Highlands, Beer Frontier, Disenchanted Forest and Dustville. A quick note on power: Electricity will be provided at Mason County Fairgrounds. Please leave your generators at home. Electricity will be provided within 100′ of the edge of each camp that has requested power. Most tent camping areas will also have power available. Please bring a minimum 100′ of outdoor-rated (12/3) extension cord should you need power directly into your camp.
Critical Northwest is being held at:
Mason County Fairgrounds
755 W Fairgrounds Rd
Shelton, WA 98584
For exact directions to the location, just enter your starting address here: (http://www.criticalnw.org/location/)
The Gate opens at 10am on Monday, July 15th.
DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY!
Monday – Friday 10am-10pm
You must present your Brown Paper Ticket in-hand to get through the gate. There is no will-call list. If you selected print-at-home for your ticket, please print it as we will need to scan the barcode from it.
When you arrive at the gate, there is a dedicated team of volunteers there to help you get all your paperwork in order and welcome you into the event. They will coordinate with Parking and Space to make sure you get placed in a timely manner.
A Leave No Trace Reminder
• If you bring it in, you are responsible for taking it out. There will be no trash cans at Critical Northwest. Participants are responsible for disposing of their own trash and recycling materials.
• Have separate containers for recycling. Bring drinks in crushable aluminum cans instead of heavy/breakable glass.
• Think ahead about how you will deal with wet and dry trash.
• Start with less trash: buy in bulk or remove excess packaging before you go.
• If you are in a theme camp, get together with the others in your camp and make a camp-wide plan for cleaning up.
• For your personal camp area, make sure you take time to pick up MOOP (matter out of place – see glossary).
• Bring at least two extra trash bags more than you will need for your camp’s trash and recycling.
• Never let it hit the ground. Be an Earth Guardian for your camp and make sure things are kept tidy.
• Plan to spend two hours before leaving combing through communal areas for litter.
• Information about recycling and local landfills will be available on the main field at the event.
• If you are doing a food give-away, please minimize any soon-to-be-trash you might be handing to someone along with the food.
• If you are accepting a food give-away product, please remember you are responsible for taking any food containers/napkins/etc back to your own camp to dispose of.
More tips and details on how you can Leave No Trace can be found here (http://www.criticalnw.org/green-tips/) !
Ticket Sales End July 11th 11:59pm Purchase or claim tickets here: (http://www.criticalnw.org/tickets)
Critical NW – Theme Announced!
Marvel, wonder and celebrate The Jankiest Place on Earth!
We are taking over a new location filled with exciting surprises, the Mason County Fair Grounds in Shelton, Wa! That’s right, a fairgrounds! Not only do we have camping, we have buildings available for Theme camps to host their amazing projects! We have a big outdoor grass area with an open air stage — The Hub of Tomorrow, And 2 indoor stages of non-stop entertainment!
Featuring the latest in Critical bureaucracy… the DMV!! Yes A DMV!!! Get your art cars ready! Dance your bASS out in the CandyLand Palace! Check out Frontier Land! Glitter Land! Big Bear Country! Fantasy Land! Explore the daytime Boardwalk Arcade and ponder the mysteries and delights of the nighttime Streetwalk Midway! And who doesn’t want to be a part of the Nights a Light Promenade Parade! You will be impressed and entranced on Fire I sland! See the magic and the talent of performers and artisans alike as they master one of the five elements!
Who is making these great things happen you ask? You are! Your campmates, your friends, your virgins and your other sexy friends! You want to create and host a Land? Let us know! It could be yours! All Yours! It’s a BIG world after all!
The time is now! Come Participate in this week-long celebration of the janky Northwest!
More information on building layouts, site visits, day/night market proposals, space registration and DMV coming soon!!!!
In the meantime email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and ideas on how to do your part and claim your land!
Theme idea brought to you by your co-artistic visionary team
Kathy Justin, Cyra Jane and Dane Johnson
(Funhouse not included)
Venue and Dates for Critical NW Announced!
Greetings Critical Northwest participants! Are you getting excited for one of the best events of the year!? I know we are. Your CNW production team is in full-swing planning our favorite summer campout and we’re coming to you today with some great news…
We have settled on a venue and date for CNW13! Although we are still in final contracts negotiation with the Port of Shelton on some of the specifics, they have given us the go-ahead and we’ve settled on a price and dates for the venue.
This year Critical Northwest will be held at the Mason County Fairgrounds in Shelton, WA and will run from July 15th – 21st. Tickets will go on sale as soon as we finalize our contact with the port.
This venue is quite a departure from what we’ve been used to at LARC but we believe it presents some amazing opportunities for participant and theme camp involvement. Rest assured we’ll be offering up all the tools and information you need for successful planning.
Your CNW Production Staff