Saturday, December 12, 2009 - I was really looking forward to attending the chowder fest in Ogunquit, Maine with my husband and one of my best friends and her husband. We arrived in Ogunquit on a cold and windy day to stand in line outside the community center waiting to get into the chowder fest. Someone came out and told us we could also enter around the back of the building through the craft fair downstairs. My friend and I decided to do just that so we could look around at the crafts a bit. The husbands stayed in the line outside.
When we finally made it upstairs, we were disappointed to see so many people. Equipped with our long underwear, the place heated up quickly. We were instructed to NOT stay in line, but to just go to any table we chose to get chowder. We tried that. It didn't work. One of the husbands noticed it appeared there was a line that had formed on the right side as you came in. We decided to join that and it made a huge difference.
I think we were there for two hours for something that should have taken about 45 minutes. They let way too many people in at once considering the unorganized way it was run. I don't think I've ever seen anything more unorganized. You would think they would have figured it out after 23 years! It would have been much more pleasurable if they had directed everyone to go to their right and just keep going around the room. People would have been in and out in about 30 to 45 minutes.
I have to wonder if they knew we were from out of town and intentially mis-directed us. Apparently we were cutting in front of people and didn't even realize it. If you make it to the 24th Annual Christmas by the Sea 2010 chowder fest, go immediately to the right once you've purchased your ticket. We, for sure, won't be attending the chowder fest again!
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