I'm at the rally, and I'm very impressed at how many LTs are here! It's good to see. Man it's hot, 100 F today!
I nearly attended when it was held in PA a few years ago. It was similarly hot so camping was not in the cards for me. I live only two hours from the site, so I thought I would ride down for a day to check it out and see if it was worth the commitment for a full week once I retired and had more time.
I checked the web site for the cost of a day pass and there was none. I sent an email inquiring about that and the response was you had to pay the full fare whether you stayed 3 hours or 3 days. It wasn't worth it to me to ride 2 hours in 100 degree weather, pay $60 to walk around a few hours and then ride home 2 hours in 100 degree weather.
I later sent an email to one of the board members suggesting they offer a cheaper day pass to let folks sample the rally and also considering holding it at earlier or later times of the year to avoid the hottest summer weather.
I got back a typical BMW arrogant reply saying that "security" reasons precluded a day pass and suggesting if I wasn't committed enough to buy the full pass then maybe I shouldn't bother. As to different times, the answer was effectively "we've always done it this way."
The annual AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh draws 20-50 times more people than an MOA rally yet they have no problem with day passes. If they can handle "security" for day passes for an event with 500,000+ people (800,000 the one year I attended), MOA should nit have an issue with a few thousand people. The excuse always seemed contrived to me.
Let us know what you think of it. Some of us will likely never attend.