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Old 04-27-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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I have family coming to visit next weekend and am looking for things to do. I saw the website about the Apex Peak Festival. I wanted to attempt going on Saturday but couldn't find any information about parking or shuttles, etc. Also, did anyone go last year that can give me feedback about the festival? Is it hard to find parking? Would we have to walk a ways to get in? Is it overly crowded? Would a 2.5 year old be entertained as well as my 70 year old parents? I ask because I will have my toddler with us and we did not have much luck at the Lazy Daze Arts and crafts festival last summer. The art they had there was great and interesting to look at but not with a child in tow. It was so crowded you couldn't move, especially with a stroller. Next year I will go alone with a friend. Also, the Easter Egg Hunt at Bond Park last month was a complete nightmare. We pulled into the park with our car and were stuck in a crazy line of cars to get the correct field for the egg hunt. By the time we parked and made it there, we heard the egg hunt ended in about 3 minutes with a handful of kids getting 30 eggs a piece and the majority of the kids who couldn't make it to the field on time because of the crowd got nothing. It was a bummer and getting in and out was horrific. If I ever went again I would leave an hour early and park across the street. Anyways, I am looking for insider's tips on this Apex Peak Festival so I can decide whether or not I should attempt it or skip it. We are in West Cary so any other ideas people have for what to do Thur, Friday, Sat and Sunday of this coming week would be appreciated. THANKS
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Old 04-27-2008, 09:26 PM
 
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I used to live downtown and actually had people park in my driveway and in my YARD. Was not a happy camper that day. Parking is a mess that day.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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We honestly don't go to Peak Week any more, and haven't gone to the Apex egg hunt in a couple of years because of the bad experiences you described in Cary. Anyway, there is no place to park for Peak Week (which I guess now we'll call it Peak Weekend?), you fight with the masses to find a spot "around town", usually in some poor soul's yard like Dire said and depending how early you are there, it could be quite a walk.

My take on these things is that they planned them out when the towns were MUCH smaller and haven't changed much since. There are just TOO many people for what is there. And when you do get into Peak, it just wasn't all that exciting. A few art vendors. Face painting with a huge line. Um...don't remember what else but we didn't stay long. Our family has had a lot more fun at the Raleigh Farmer's Market and/or the stuff they have going on at the State Fairgrounds (I think they have a website that says what they do each weekend).

Now I'm sure there will be a ton of people that praise Peak Festival as the most fun thing they've ever been to, they got a primo parking spot, didn't have to walk and had the time of their lives. So like all things take everyone's experience with a grain of salt and think about how much chaos you're willing to endure. You may find it a fun time. We didn't.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:16 AM
 
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Here's the State Fairgrounds schedule
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:37 AM
 
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Dire Wolf and Holly, thank you for your responses. That was kind of what I figured. I will probably avoid it. Its a shame because the ideas are good in theory but there is no management of the crowds. I will check out the State Fairgrounds schedule. Did anyone run into the same issues at the Spring Daze Festival at Bond Park this past weekend?
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