I think that one problem is that the public has this concept that there has to be a battle or some kind of action that goes hand in hand with an event.
Unfortunately, the majority of organizers and reenactors buy into it.
Rather than try to have the Battle of Snodgrass Hill with a dozen or so rifles per side, organizers should a) have the cajones to gauge the schedule on the number of reenactors present, and, b) not promise what they can't deliver to both reenactors and 'taters, alike.
What does that mean? Well, how about holding it to demonstrations of skirmish tactics or bayonet drill? Doing straight living history may not be that sexy to some, but it sure beats the dickens out of lining up a handful of rifles at 25 yards in some kind of Wild West shoot 'em up travesty.
In many ways we have met the enemy and they is us.
1st OLA, Battery A (Statehouse Battery)
30th OVI, Co. B