This is possibly the worst event I've ever been to. The photographer was bossy, rude, and incredibly unprofessional. Not to mention the fact that work quality was less than that of my 4 yr old. She does better with her Minnie mouse camera than this woman does her "professional equipment."
I would NEVER recommend her to anyone. My best advice to you is to stay as far away from this train wreck as possible.
Well Fox changed their schedule but didn't let you guys know apparently. That was a pointless 2 hour round trip
Worst karaoke dj ever! Me and my buddy spent an hour trying to figure out what song to sing, and then we went to smoke and came back to find the dj and what appeared to be his friends singing our song. He had like ten artists on tap and couldn't even play half of their songs. Shitty first karaoke experience.
Doug & Devon
I think this is 2 weeks in a row that RPM has had live music listed and both times - no band at all. Last night, no band (I drove cross town to see) and when you call to ask if "there is actually a band tonight" you get a recorded message telling you the person you are calling is not available. REALLY? Get it together RPM! (Love 80s and Gentlemen! - great dance band!)
As one parent I overhead said while walking around the crowded vendors' tables, "A bunch of people sitting behind tables!! This isn't fun!!"
I think that sums it up. Nothing fun for kids to do, no activities other than some crowded tables with paper plates and popsicle sticks, no food or drinks except for Egees. The science part of the festival amounted to dropping tennis balls into a small flour filled box. With all the talented, intelligent students in the science, arts and dance department at the U. of A., this could have been a great event for kids but maybe this is why Tucson will always be a second tier city. A parakeet could have organized a better festival!
I was trying to walk down the street after a wonderful date when I almost ran straight into asshats in makeup acting like idiots and shaking up beer and spraying people with it. The police arrived in droves, blocking off Congress and one had some kind of anti-riot gun (seriously). If the fans of this band can't act like decent human beings, please don't book them at this fabulous venue.
Well we were going to down to Tucson to see the parade but I guess we will have to pass if it starts at 5:30 pm, Never in my life have I ever heard of such nonsense, who has a parade in the middle of the freakin night, what were you thinking Tucson?
Its dangerous enough as it is to go to a crowded area with children during the day but at night?
I hope Tucson pulls together and boycotts the parade this year to send a message, If its funds you need then you need to find a way to make it happen during the day, what ever it takes.
disapointed in Flagstaff
No parking, to many pitbull, to much drinking, to many vendors (over 500 with the side shows), to little quality art & crafts makes the "4th avenue art fair" nothing than a high end flee market. And with charging artists $ 425.00 for the space it's a cash cow for the merchant group.
These preform all over asking for money. They actually live in Pennsylvania and here in Arizona, even though they say they live in Mexico. I've seen dancers all through out Mexico and their appearance is very high end compared to the real thing.
I think this band is awful! It's like Karaoke. Now they have this screeching horse face singer too! Dopey costumes. It's not a real band. O'malley's should get some good bands.
As an employee of one of the vendors at the Wing Fest, I know for a fact that the venue was sold to at least triple it's capacity WELL before the event was held. It was not a matter of a "last minute surge in sales" that caused this fiasco.
It was incompetent planning from the start. Besides the crowds, fights, disorganization and greed, let's talk about judging...
As someone else stated, how are people supposed to evaluate a product when everyone is being pushed through the venue and all wings were tossed into one disposable container? Ahh, I know why that occured. EEF was more concerned about making money, moving bodies through the venue, and taking the next person's dollar than actually putting on a viable competition for the vendors to compete and showcase their product. Charity? I honestly could care less.
We came to compete. Many other vendors have a similar opinion.
As far as Best Wing...congrats to East Coast -they definitely had a fine product.
Hottest wing? What a travesty. Hottest wing is not something that is a matter of opinion. Firstly, by what means were the judges qualified? Celebrity judges? What a joke. They had absolutely no clue as to how a food competition should be judged, or what qualities they should be discerning with their palettes. The judging table looked more like a sloppy buffet line than a culinary tasting. The judges hadn't a clue. I watched one portly judge consume 4 different wings in under 2 minutes. Anyone who knows a minuscule amount about spicy food understands that each different pepper has a different time frame for it's heat to manifest. Consuming multiple wings without proper time between tastings and palette cleansing judge blends everything together into one hot, indiscernible burn. You'd think an "Educational Enrichment Foundation", putting on such a large event, would at least have basic knowledge of the product showcased at the event.
Hopelessly incompetent planning, unqualified and ignorant judges.
The EEF is giving refunds to the general public...how about a refund for all of the vendors.
And it was so very nice of the EEF to award the Hilton with hottest wing - they did get the venue for free.
This was the worst "organized" event that I have ever attended. How many lines does a person have to get into before you actually get a wing ? 4 or 5 apparently. There were SOOO many people in that room I am sure if a fireman had been there, they would have shut it down ! I could barely move, let alone breathe. Trash cans (maybe 3 ? ) were overflowing from the start, need to use the rest room ? GOOD LUCK getting back in. Hilton won hottest wing ? BULLSHIT !! But, I guess I should feel lucky just to have gotten in as MANY people did not. I hope this does NOT reflect the daily operation of the Educational Enrichment Foundation. Greed is legal but.... Tucsondawg1
Wow! Talk about unorginazation! I hope that the TUSD doesn't follow the orginizational skills of this event. I arrived with my ticket that I had purchased in advance but it was such a mess I left, with no wings or refund. I don't mind donating money to the schools but this event was terrible.
WORST event I've ever been to. The event was held at a 250 person ballroom with over 1200 tickets pre-sold. After a 1.5 hour wait to get in, it was impossible to judge each restaurant, or enjoy fresh wings as you were herded through the event like cattle with a to-go box with everyone's wings slopped into one gooey pile. Band was obnoxiously loud. Will never attend again. The "HOTTEST" wing was won by the Hilton (Where the event was held). Every other wing I tried in the venue had hotter wings that the Hilton's. Even Pizza Hut had hotter wings than the "winner".
Why does this company feel that they need to slam us over the head with relevance? Rome Inc? Is this some symbolic way to make us aware that the USA spends more than they entire world combined on the military? Why the police state costumes mixed with 1950 sub-urban female attire? I thought that if I arrived at the park with a couple of glasses of wine under my nose that I would be able to suffer through the lifeless lines being delivered. Alas it was not so. I could not make it through the first act. I must admit that I am somewhat jaded having seen many performances at Stratford Ontario and in the park in London, but I can’t believe that Tucson can suffer through this. Do they stay because it makes them seem cultured?
There are many other playwrights they could perform that would be less of a challenge…G.B. Shaw, William Inge, Eugene O’Neill… They could actually be authentic in costume, the dialogue would be easier to deliver and I think the audience would enjoy it more. Rather than bastardize Shakespeare and invite the Muses to plague their performance they should move forward. There are plenty of good playwrights to be performed in the Park. Look at the NYC Central Park theatre. Yes they do Shakespeare (they have the talent), but they perform many other artists as well. I for one would take a good O’Neill play over bad Shakespeare anyway.
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