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50th Anniversary D.B. Cooper Festival - Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13, 2021.
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If I am investigating the DB Cooper case, or have a book on Cooper in the works, or already published, can I make a presentation?
ANSWER: YES. There are a limited number of speaking or presentation slots available at the festival. If you can't attend in person, you can also create a video and send it to us, and we will present it for you on our ten-foot screen, using a media projector. We also accept audio-only presentations. Contact Robert at email@example.com to make arrangements, or use the Contact Form on the main festival page. It's easy.
What if I am on the Confirmed List and can't make it to the festival in the morning on Friday, June 4th? Can I still come on Saturday?
ANSWER: Yes. Two weeks prior to the festival, we email you a PDF document you can open and print with Adobe Reader, as well as a copy in Microsoft Word. This document contains detailed maps to the actual camping site itself, as well as directions on how to get there. We also list a cell phone number you can call if necessary, and if you have a walkie talkie type radio with the typical Family Radio Service (FRS) frequencies, we tell you which channel we're monitoring. We also monitor a certain CB channel. However, it is best to let us know beforehand if you plan to show up late, and the same requirement that you and anyone in your group have received the two-shot series of the Covid-19 vaccine is still in place. If you show up late, and either cannot provide proof you have received the vaccine series, or have not sent us that proof prior to the campout date, you will be turned away no matter how far you drove to get there. There are NO EXCEPTIONS, and NO EXCUSES will be accepted. This is a Covid-free festival and we must ensure the safety of the entire group.
What are the three most important things I should know?
ANSWER: Bring a chair for everyone in your group. It's the one thing people forget the most. If you want a table wherever you are hanging out, bring that as well. Bring more water than you think you will actually need, especially if you want to take a shower, or to help feed the flush toilets. We cannot provide chairs or tables for you, and we can only haul SO much water. It's a group effort, so help us out. Each toilet holds four gallons of water, and when they run dry, we have to refill them. Fortunately, four gallons gets you a fair number of flushes before you have to refill. AB of Seattle staff, or volunteers from the main group, will be responsible for ensuring both bathroom/shower tents are fully stocked and always working.
Can you tell me ANYTHING about WHERE the festival will be held, so I can make an informed decision on whether I want to drive that distance to attend?
ANSWER: The actual location of the campsite is a secret until you receive your PDF/Word Doc with all the final information, but we can tell you this much: It's been decided that it will be held north of Mount Rainier, with a stunning view of what Washingtonians call 'The Mountain'. It is roughly a 70-90 minute drive from the Seattle or Tacoma area, and in the Snoqualmie National Forest. From either east or west, the main highway to the Forest Service road turnoff is Highway 410.
If I need more supplies after I get to the festival, where can I go to get them?
ANSWER: Our advice is that you stock up good before you arrive, not try to return to town. Sure, you can go back to town, but the nearest store is some miles away, with most of the route over a dirt road. You can do it if you want. It's easier to just make sure you're stocked up good beforehand. There is a mini-mart gas station and store not far from the Forest Service road turnoff where you can pick up last-minute fuel, food, propane, or other supplies. It is a Chevron station in Greenwater, WA.
Can I bring my kids along? Is this a family-oriented event?
ANSWER: Frankly, we can't allow it. Most DB Cooper fans are older folks, or at least over the age of 21. We can't be responsible for your kids, and since alcohol is allowed while camping in the National Forest, and we are operating under a permit, anyone under the age of 21 can't attend since alcohol will probably be present. Our permit doesn't cover anyone underage. The event, the music, and practically everything else is geared to ADULTS. No one under the age of 21 will be allowed on-site.
How much in Amazon Gift Cards are you giving away for the Cooper Character Lookalike Contest?
ANSWER: Fair question, but not totally decided yet. There are three basic categories for the contest. You can dress up like Cooper himself. You can dress like one of the stewardesses. Or you can portray a male member of the Flight Crew. We pick an overall winner out of those three categories and that person receives the largest prize. There are also First, Second, and Third Place winners in the three main categories. The Lookalike Contest will be held on Saturday night after the free BBQ, and prizes are awarded directly afterward. Our budget for prizes is fairly generous, we can tell you that. All decisions about this are made by the Planning Committee. If you have interest in joining the committee, contact Robert Blevins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it okay to bring my RV or trailer?
ANSWER: Yes, but nothing too large. The roads are okay for normal vehicles. If you want to bring a small trailer or small RV, you will be fine. Your best bet is to discuss with us what you want to do FIRST, so we can help you make an informed decision, and make room for you. If you show up unannounced in a big RV, you will be parking elsewhere and walking to the main activities area. We do NOT recommend large RV's or trailers longer than 19', or you probably won't get there anyway. The dirt road to the site is a GOOD one. But it's not the freeway, either. If you have a truck camper or camper van, tent trailer, or small trailer, that's your best bet. We treat those like normal vehicles for parking and camping slots.Campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis, but there are plenty of them. If there are two or more people in your group, we strongly urge you to carpool if you have room for everyone's gear...if you can.
What if I arrive at the site unable to prove vaccination, swear on the Bible I've had the two-shot series of the Covid-19 vaccine, show you my vaccination scars, and show you my high credit score and Honesty Medal?
ANSWER: You will not be allowed onsite. This is why it is important to get on the email list as soon as possible, even if you decide not to go at a later date. We send you email notices about once a month with information about the festival. When we hear the vaccine is now generally available to everyone, we will remind everyone we need confirmation you have had the vaccine. You can present this receipt/proof/whatever you have when you arrive, but it's better if you send it to us BEFOREHAND. If you present your proof onsite, make sure it's good confirmation or you will be turned away without mercy. If you are in doubt whether your confirmation meets our criteria, email us about it first at email@example.com Don't take a chance you'll drive up there and get turned away.
Is there anything I can bring along that would help you guys at Adventure Books?
ANSWER: Hell, yes. If you have an extra propane tank hanging around, fill it up and bring it along. We use propane to run the main generator, although we have other power sources as well. Bring as much water as you can, even if it comes from your garden hose. We use extra water to keep the flush toilets going and the shower bags filled. We will pay you the money you spent to fill your propane tank, of course. But we can only haul up so much propane on our own, so any additional tanks will really help.
Is the media involved in any of this?
ANSWER: A press release, along with the PDF document and some additional contact information will be sent to all major Seattle/Portland media outlets about ten days before the party. Whether any media actually show up, we cannot say. However, media reps will be required to have been vaccinated as well, or they will not be allowed on site. Two local newspapers have already requested cooperation from us on articles related to the Festival, but we are asking them to wait until the date of the event gets closer. There will probably be decent media coverage, if only based on the fact that this will be the biggest D.B. Cooper gathering in Northwest history.
If you have any more questions, or want to do a general inquiry on this event, contact either Robert Blevins or Greg the Techie Guy at Adventure Books of Seattle at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Last updated: 01/25/2021