Quoted from Whysnow:
It is huge and super open with many LARGE exits. I was at teh party for the entire thing this year and I did not find it to be even close to crowded. If there was ever an issue, people would be able to easily exit in mere seconds given the huge doors and multiple exit points at all corners.
There are 4 clearly marked exits (2 of them are 10' x 20' overhead doors), an industrial sprinkler system, and 2 fire marshal inspected fire extinguishers that are up to code and certified by Fox Valley annually. If a fire somehow broke out in our cinderblock and steal beam building, everyone would be out the door in under 60 seconds; way faster than a movie theater. EMS not able to get in if someone slipped? We have 2 huge overhead doors you can drive a semi through, literally. EMS could drive into the building if they wanted to. Leave it to Clay to be Clay.
I'm not saying there are no potential issues or no potential hazards. This comes with the territory when putting on any sort of public event. Potential issues get addressed before and after each year's event. Risk assessment is always a factor. I have a year to sort out the concept of what we will be doing for next year, if anything. The event has changed a lot in the past few years. Part of me likes the direction it has taken and part of me does not. Crowd management is definitely the biggest factor, but I'm still not sure how to deal with that.