I really enjoyed last year's virtual BreyerFest, so I bought my ticket for the 2021 event as soon as they went on sale.
I chose the All-Access ticket partially for the workshops, but mostly for the photo show and contests. I've been threatening to enter the Performance division of the Best Customs Contest for years, but I have to admit that was always going to be a longshot. However, I had definite plans to enter both the photo show and Diorama Contest.
Well, not anymore. As it turns out, that All-Access ticket isn't actually all-access for everyone. Residents of six states - including Colorado - are specifically prohibited from entering the contests.
The issue appears to a state law prohibiting contests from requiring a purchase - in this case that so called All-Access ticket - for entry.
I haven't researched if this is the same for all the other states, but I suspect it is.I understand that Breyer did exclude me and my fellow Coloradans, Arizonans, Nebraskans, North Datkotans, Marylanders and Vermonters arbitrarily, but I strongly feel this was not the best way to handle this issue. Breyer could have solved this problem by opening the contests to non-ticket holders. This might resulted in lost ticket sales, but I suspect most entrants - myself included - would have bought a ticket anyway. Barring that, it should have been clear from the moment that tickets went on sale that some of the All-Access perks weren't actually available to everyone.
I have been a proud Breyer supporter for almost fifty years. I still intend to participate in this year's BreyerFest, but right now, I can't help but feel extremely let down and disappointed.