We do it this way every year, and it seems to work out well. The reason being most people stay Friday and/or Saturday night(s) and we all hang out. Saturday, the day of the event, we will have lunch at noon at the restaurant on the grounds of the event, so that can be a few hours there. Afterwards, people generally either hangout, get rest, or go home. Most of us are worn out by that time anyway.Thinking about coming to this from new orleans. Just curious , why such an early start and finish time?