"Give 'em enough rope", as The Clash put it.This misconception here is Doo-Nanny has been free.
They've been charging for the past 3 years, people just haven't been paying and they've been bad about having workers up front to receive payment.
Camping hasn't been free for 3 years and then 2 years ago the art show was free, but the Saturday night party/burning of the Doo-Nanny was $10 or $20. Camping (for the weekend) was like $50.
I imagine it'll be the same this year. They say it costs $ but no one pays. Butch has never really tried to make money from Doo-Nanny but I think him breaking even (the bands get paid, supplies cost $, and him and his crew are always trying to build and add new stuff to the grounds) is the goal which is why I don't think they've ever been good about having "staff" up front to take payment.
I knew that Doo-Nanny wasn't free, of course, since they were giving those of us performing "badges" as far back as 2010, but I saw that these anonymous trolls were pretending to have attended Doo-Nanny "last year" and were whining about how "now' there's a "$10 charge", as if a measely ten dollars was even worth the discussion.
Anyway, as we know, Doo-Nanny is great if you enjoy that sort of thing, and like everything we discuss here, it isn't for everyone...
To each his own!
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