I know this is an extreme long shot, but I figured I'd post our needs and see what, if anything, can be done to help get me (and possibly my family) to PorcFest this year.
My family consists of me, my husband, and our son who'll be three years old by the time of this year's PorcFest. My hubby is a bit particular and doesn't feel comfortable being the passenger in a vehicle unless he's completely incompacitated (he wouldn't let me drive him to the ER with a kidney stone, as an example), so ride sharing is rather difficult unless someone wants to join us in our ride (a five passenger car, so might be a bit tight).
Besides transport, there's food and lodging. I think we could work out tent camping, though my hubby is leary (he was raised "camping" in hotels or an RV). I'm not sure if my parents have an acceptable tent or if we'd need to borrow one elsewhere.
Financially, I think we could maybe pull together $500 or so towards the costs of the trip but even that would be difficult and any more than that is probably not possible. My husband isn't sure that would even be enough to get us there with gas prices being what they are.
Finally, my husband has very broad shoulders and minor claustophobia... this is really only a problem when it comes to bathroom facilities. If there's a public bath with a handicap stall with the toilet fairly centrally placed that can work, but he can't manage standard public stalls and has issues with most modern construction bathrooms because of the "privacy" walls that tend to be placed right next to the commode. The bathroom thing is pretty critical. He needs about a foot from the edge of the john to the nearest obstruction (incl. paper dispensers) on each side. He also would need access to the bathroom 24 hours a day as he frequently needs to get up at night.
I'd really like to be able to go, and would consider (with much regret) going by myself (without hubby and son) if that's the only way we can do it. If it's just me I can share a ride with anyone, bunk anywhere with anyone, though if camping I'd need an air mattress as my weight won't allow anything approximating decent sleep on the ground. Our whole family tends towards night owls, so late night parties aren't a problem, even less so if it's just me.
My family is signed up as First 1000 movers and we would kind of like the chance to look at some land rurally in the approximate vacinity of Keene (where we plan to end up). It's been very up and down for me with this whole wanting to go but not having the money. I'd love to find a way to go, but if not there's always next year, I guess.