Frequently Asked Questions
Event Dates and Times: July 20-24, 2017
* Times for Arrival:
Early Merchant and Ship Arrival: Wednesday, July 19th from Noon – 7PM
Pre-registration Entry: Thursday 10AM
General Entry: Thursday 2PM
This will be strictly enforced for the safety and enjoyment of everyone at the event including our hardworking volunteers. Encampments who choose not to follow this rule may lose choice of camp location for next year.
1) I want to bring my children, is SeaDogs a family friendly event?
Yes! In fact, we have plenty of planned activities for children and teens at our event. We have a Kids’ Carnival and workshops for kids and teens, plus much more activities planned for them. Ask at scuttlebutt (the information booth at the front of the event) for a schedule and map to show where these fun things are occurring.
2) Are pets allowed at your event?
Yes! You may bring your pets to SeaDogs! What we expect is that you act like the responsible pet owner we know you are. Keep pets on a leash or in a pen / kennel; make sure your pet has had all its proper immunizations, and that they have enough food, water and shade for the weekend!
3) Can I drink the water on site?
Yes, the water is technically potable, but it does not taste super awesome. We recommend that you bring in your own drinking water.
4) What do I need to get into the gate?
If you pre-registered, please bring your state-issued ID and a copy of your email confirmation from our registration system. Note: This can either be a printed version, or you may show the email to us on your phone.
If you are not pre-registered, please bring your state-issued ID, and your gate fee. The friendly gate staff will be there to assist you.
5) Is there RV camping?
There is RV camping in a designated RV camping area at the front of the site. If you wish to camp with the rest of the populace, you must bring an approved ‘dragon cover’ so as to not impose on the immersion aspect of our event. Contact us for more information.
6) What is Immersion and why is there no Day Trip Price?
Immersion means that we are creating a community of pirates and gypsies for a few days so we can leave the mundane world behind. This means dressing in pirate or gypsy garb for the duration of the event, leaving cars in the parking lot, minimal use of technology like phones, perhaps even taking on a pirate / gypsy persona or name for the duration of the event. You might set up a period encampment or eat and drink period food.
Immersion is what makes us different from a renaissance faire type event. You won’t see tourists walking around in khaki shorts and flip flops – you will see a fantasy pirate and gypsy community created and maintained for a weekend complete with its own currency and government. For more information on immersion, visit our event guide page.
7) I have a CPAP or BiPap machine, is there electricity available?
SeaDogs is a relatively rustic setting. While there is technically electricity onsite, it is very limited. Food merchants have priority use of the electricity, and then we try to work it out from there. With some very few exceptions, most people will have no direct access to electricity during the event. We recommend alternative methods of powering your machine. This article may help: http://modernoutpost.blogspot.com/2013/03/camping-with-your-cpap-or-bipap-machine.html
Can I bring a generator? We ask generators after dark, battery packs are readily available from dozens of stores and run between $60 and $300, depending on your needs. Charge it during the day, and if you must bring a generator, make sure that it is as quiet as possible.
8) How do I stay safe at the event?
Please mark your guylines with flags or fluorescent markers to prevent accidental tripping.
This event is during the hotter part of the year, and has seen triple degree temperatures at times. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water to stay hydrated.
Wear sunblock! It’s normally intensely hot, and people *will* burn rapidly, particularly if they’re used to the spectacular lack of direct sunshine that is part of living in the Pacific Northwest. Stay in the shade when possible.
This is an outdoor event; with outdoor events you must expect insects such as ants, bees, wasps, and hornets. The insects that could be on site are not limited to the ones listed here. If you are allergic to bee or wasp stings, it is *highly* recommended that you bring along the appropriate medication. The chiurgeon has only a very limited supply of ointments and salves; do not count on his or her supply to provide for your injury.
If you need assistance, please feel free to talk to anyone with a yellow sash (constabulary / security), or anyone with a black belt favor that says STAFF on it. We are there to assist you and to help you have a safe and fun event!
9) Can I have a campfire?
First and foremost, state and local regulations concerning fires must be followed. If there is a burn ban in effect, fires will not be allowed. If there is no burn ban in effect, strict guidelines set forth by the site owner must be followed. Failure to follow said guidelines may result in being asked to leave and a fine of $100 US currency (not dog pounds). This being stated, the following are the guidelines:
1. No fires are allowed without a permit.
2. Permits are given without fee.
3. Ask your Block Constable for your Fire Permit.
4. All fires must be 18 inches above ground or 12 inches with a ground shield.
5. All fires must be attended, whether enclosed or not.
6. Unattended fires will be extinguished immediately.
7. Tiki torches may be allowed, but with the same requirements as camp fires.
8. No fires of any kind inside the tree line! (with the exception of gas cooking fires).
9. Fires must be in an open area with the limbs of a tree no closer than 10 feet.
10. More details may be found here.
10) Can I smoke marijuana, e-cigarettes or cigarettes?
This policy applies to cigarettes, e-cigarettes and marijuana.SeaDog Nights and Gypsy Carnival will abide by Measure 91 in regards to consumption of Marijuana. Details can be found here.
Please use common sense and be courteous when smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or marijuana. Check with your neighbors as to whether any of them have any allergies to the smoke. Be respectful in regards to minors in your immediate area.
We ask that you not smoke in crowded areas during official SeaDogs events like Court. We will make an announcement at the beginning of these events.
Smoking guidelines in private encampments are at the discretion of the camp owner. If you go into someone else’s encampment and they are smoking, that is their choice, and you may choose to leave. If you choose for your encampment to be smoke free, you may ask smokers to leave your private encampment. Respect goes both ways.
Please do NOT throw your cigarette butts on the ground. We will provide butt cans in multiple areas around site for you to throw your butts in, or throw them in the trash, something; anywhere but the ground of our beautiful site.
Key Elements of our policy:
1) Our location is a privately owned park that we rent for the weekend, and you are responsible for what goes on in your camp. That is where you may smoke. Please check with your neighbors to make sure there are no allergies. If you’re a large encampment, tell the land steward when making your reservation that you intend to smoke in your camp.
2) Do not partake in marijuana with persons under 21 years of age.
3) Do not partake in cigarettes or e-cigarette smoking with persons under 18 years of age.
3) Please do not smoke in ‘public’ areas of the event like the Governor’s club, at shows, on vendors row (unless you are a merchant and you’re in your own booth).