National events, meaning those huge events with large numbers of reenactors from many different locations and philosophies across the reenacting spectrum, are a mixed bag. It takes a very long time to get a very large group of volunteers pointed in the same direction at the same time, so expect to spend a lot of time standing in line, moving a little, and standing around some more. Expect to tax the sanitary facilities and expect to see honey-wagons, emergency vehicles and water deliveries at virtually any and all hours. You may have to upgrade your mental photshop software because the present will intrude. It's all about the battle, everything else is ancillary. Do not expect an immersion experience. If you attend with your eyes wide open to this reality, you'll have much more fun.
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty