This is to expound upon my 'other' fund raising selection in the poll.
I think a raffle is a great idea, but it doesn't need to remain the domain of our beloved cottage vendors. I am on a shoestring budget, personally, so I make as much of my own gear as I can. I'd be happy to make and donate some hammocks for raffle, for instance, or perhaps some pillows or amsteel things and so on. Lots of folks make stoves, stands, tarps, etc. Many people also have gear that they aren't using but don't want to go through the hassle of listing, selling, and shipping.
So perhaps a minimum fee would apply to all, in order to ensure that the facilities are paid for. A raffle of DIY and used gear could then defray food costs for those who are cooking.
I was at MAHHA a few weeks ago, and there was way more $$ from the raffle than was needed for the event costs, so I wouldn't think that funding would be a problem given the natural generosity of our group. The amount of food which was provided at the potluck was also way over the top with plenty of leftovers going home. I cooked about 3 gallons of black bean soup and served out every drop, with some folks wanting third servings!
I think the 'Smoked Butt Hang' is going to become an instant classic, especially given the prime location. I can't wait!
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