I wonder if past administrators, organizers, etc. understand that the public certainly was aware of the alcohol abuse and other unsavory behavior that took place on the fort grounds during those events? They are only fooling themselves if they did.
And certainly, there were local business folks and residents who would have preferred that they keep that behavior on the grounds of the fort and not bring it into town, profit or no profit.
If the ship needs tightening, let it be! Although, I think Ms. Hill is actually attempting to clean up a very bad train wreck that she inherited, rather than a loose ship.
I think most of the recent comments are right on...both pros and cons of the new management. I am certain Beth has the the best intentions for the fort and want it to be sucessful. Her methods however have rubbed some the wrong way. The attempts to tighten the ship have perhaps left it up a creek with out a paddle. Some units refused to participate in this years event (not because of the new rule, but rather because of how they were relayed) This lead to one of the lowest attended events and now I have heard it said that there will be no 2012 F&I event.This is not progress! Some are happy with it, but what about the income of the fort...It's already hurting, what about the tourism and community business. I hope it all works out. The fort needs good turn out + good quality reenacting...Good Luck Beth. Hope ya know what your doing, cause I love it there and would hate to see it go down the crapper.