The biggest events have already been announced
In a year when the big, big, big events aren't on the schedule, you might consider a better event. Piney Woods will be the best event of the year followed closely by Bummers. Neither will be small.
Not everyone going to Piney Woods is considered to be at the extreme end of the reenacting spectrum. There will be many streamers attending the event who will learn that they can have a great time without without pie, beer, cots, tents and dance bands.
I am hoping to discover some pie at Bummers.
"While the original battle [Gettysburg] may arguably be considered the epicenter of the history of the war, the GAC reenactment is not the epicenter of the hobby. To confuse or equate the two is unfortunate. - Bernard Biederman, 6 July 2012
"Authenticity conflicts occur when reenactors from one end of the spectrum attend events at the other end of the spectrum then try to impose their own standards instead of event standards."