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Discussion: Registration fee increase: NOW May 14th

in: Canada 150 Orienteering Festival (Jul 29 – Aug 7 - Gatineau, QC, CA)

Apr 4, 2017 8:28 PM # 
Canadian:
On April 30th, registration fees for the Canada 150 Orienteering Festival (O-Fest 150) go up by up to $36 (adult price for the complete package).

Lots of time still to decide that you want to go and still get the cheap price. Check out the fees at COC2017.ca.
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Apr 20, 2017 5:57 PM # 
Canadian:
10 days left until registration fees increase!
Apr 27, 2017 8:17 PM # 
Canadian:
We have decided to extend the first registration deadline until May 14th... because we have been slow in preparing the first bulletin and wanted to give everyone a chance to read it.

BUT

Bulletin #1 (the official invitation) is now out!
May 9, 2017 5:00 PM # 
charm:
A few days left to register for the Canada 150 Orienteering Festival at the lowest rates. You've got until May 14th for the early bird rates.
May 13, 2017 8:53 PM # 
Canadian:
Remember that tomorrow is the last day to register at the early bird rates!
May 14, 2017 7:40 PM # 
charm:
You have until midnight eastern time to register to get the earlybird rates for the Canada 150 Orienteering Festival.
May 15, 2017 2:01 AM # 
Canadian:
2 hours left! As of writing this we're at 223 registrants so it looks like it will be a busy O-Fest with lots of competition come the summer.
May 17, 2017 4:45 PM # 
LR:
Can I ask about the thinking regarding late fees? For myself, my work schedule does not always allow making long term plans - so I am left with paying some significant late fees. Paying an extra $80 x 4 for the family is significant and is a real deterrent for even coming out to the meet.

What are the extra fees for? Knowing how many maps to print (wouldn't you just change the number on the copier)? Extra courses (wouldn't you know this from previous events)?

My hidden brain feels I have lost something by not registering by the early bird deadline and then I don't bother attending the meet at all. I understand the 2 week window for late fees but the earlybird deadline frustrates me.
May 17, 2017 6:31 PM # 
charm:
Hi LR, Getting an idea via your early registration numbers 2-4 months out gives the organizers helpful information for things such as: how large the assembly and parking area needs to be, shuttle bus needs if applicable, how large the banquet facility should be, understanding what the volunteer needs on the competition days will be, preliminary info re catering and refreshment needs, camping needs, etc, etc. Not having an idea of the potential size of your event until 2-3 weeks out (people tend to wait til the last possible moment to register) would be pretty stressful for the organizers.
The size of the events (including the COCs) are not that predictable. The COC numbers vary year to year based on location, timing, what other events are on, etc.

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