Well, my guess is that Bart Hall does not have any control over the cost of parking, beer, hamburger, or rental of the space from Convention Center.
They decide on the cost of entry perhaps, but with free admissions for the 12 years and under
goes a long way to help. And of course, the cost of the booth rental for the merchants.
My disappointment is that when a fishing related merchants leave usually a hunting related merchant takes over.
Though this year I did not see as many hunting related merchants.
It is not that I am against hunting, but this show is known as a fishing related (Convention) Show.
For me personally it is a yearly reunion with old friends. As member of UPSAC, I started volunteering their on 2006.
Then when we could not afford a booth, I started to help out at the Cedros Outdoor Adventure booth.
Not as employee, but their "yelp"!! A happy customer.