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TTATC9 Ticket Sale

Hey there TTATCers!
Now that the dust has settled from yesterday’s crazy ticket sales, I’m here to share some info, stats, thoughts, and ideas. Everything is always a work in progress, and thanks for playing along! We’re all in this together!
Fun Facts: TTATCs that have sold out: TTATC3 (at the Cabin!), TTATC5, TTATC6, TTATC7, TTATC8, and TTATC9 (TTATC4 was our first year at the Caribou Gun Club, and didn’t sell out, but it didn’t take long for us to find our groove there!) 
We have never sold out this fast before! TTATC7 sold out in 5 weeks, TTATC8 sold out in 5 days, and here we are at TTATC9, which sold out in 2.5 hours. This is a blessing and a curse. This is fun, amazing, and awesome, but also presents it’s own set of problems, now and moving forward. Lots to discuss around this issue. We’ll do our best!
First of all, if you didn’t get a ticket, hope is not lost! Tickets tend to get passed around a little bit (especially just prior to the event) when people discover they can’t go, or whatever. Stay tuned in our TTATC Ticket Exchange group at
Ticket Stats: 
– 450 Total Available Tickets
– 68 tickets (of the 75 offered) went to Directed Ticket Sales across 18 returning, desirable camps and art projects that we wanted to bring back! New this year, and glad we did it. 
General sale started Friday, April 5, at NOON.
– 150 Tier 1 tickets sold in 3 – 4 minutes (CRAZY!)
(at the 40 minute mark 333 tickets were sold)
– 232 Tier 2 tickets (ALL TICKETS) were gone in 2.5 hours total.
-19 Free “Kid under 12” tickets were claimed (do not count against total sales)
– 27 of our 32 available RV spots were purchased (you can still get one, if you want)
– $235 was donated to our Art Grant Program – thank you! 
– # of messages I got asking for tickets within an hour of them selling out – 6
– # of those people that got tickets from me – 0
We will not be offering any more tickets. We raise our available ticket # by 50 each year. Slow grow is the way to go. Our beautiful venue has some serious general parking issues, and as we grow, we have to keeping figuring out how to deal with this problem. Work with us, y’all, and CARPOOL! 
Volunteering: Only 28 of our currently posted 126 positions have been filled
-Please sign up! We’ll keep bugging you.
– We will also be seeking volunteers for specialty positions (Burn Perimeter, Transport Drivers, DPW, and Rangers), so stay tuned for those opportunities!
– Thanks for for participating, we need you! That’s how Burns work! 
Applications for Theme Camps, Art Projects, Flame Effects, and our Art Grant program will be released shortly. Stay tuned for those!
OK… that’s enough for now. I’m so impressed, amazed, and thrilled at all the excitement around TTATC every year. I guessed we would sell out in 2 – 3 days, but once again (this keeps happening!), my expectations have been far exceeded. Love you guys. 
❤️ Fire Mama


NEW for TTATC9 and beyond….. 
The VAG DEPARTMENT! (Virgin Acclimation Group!)
We realize we have Noobies Burning among us sometimes that have NO IDEA what’s going on, and we wanna help! 
We wanna create a First Timer’s Guide that includes terminology, tips and tricks, and a general HOW TO BURN guide. Burning for the first time can be SCARY! 
***What do YOU think should be included in this trusty guide?!? TELL US your experiences, questions, and ideas!***
Ellen DeRusha is joining our lead team to head up this awesome new project, and be our on-site leader of the VAG Dept that will cruise the event with her VAG team in search of Noobs to acclimate! They’ll be nice…. and helpful! They might be wearing pins, or T-shirts, or jackets or something!
Camp Anti-Social will also have something to do with this, but we don’t really know exactly what yet…. they barely talk to us… ughhh. 😉

❤️Fire Mama


Please read, like/love/wow, comment, refer your friends, help spread the news! Thanks!
TTATC9: July 18 – 21, 2019
We will cap total sales at 450 tickets this year, when they are gone, they are gone!
Tix go on sale, Friday, April 5th at noon!
All of our 400 tickets sold out in 5 days last year (crazy!), so don’t dilly dally if you want em!
– $70 (PayPal Only tickets), 150 of these tix will be available…. THEN….
– $80 (any payment method) for the remaining tix, until they are gone!
*Why PayPal only? The way event ticketing works, we get PayPal money right away, and the rest of the money stays with the ticket company until AFTER the event, and we need operating money up front! So use PayPal as much as possible for any and all sales to help us out! THX!
– KID tix: 12 and under will continue to be free. There will be a spot to indicate your needs for these tickets along with ticket purchases. A link will be provided to officially register ALL kids under 18, who will all be required to attend with a responsible ticketed adult.
– ICE: In the past, we’ve given everybody an ice token with every ticket, but we aren’t going to be doing that anymore (sorry!), however you will be able to purchase all the ice you want along with your ticket(s)! Ice payments in advance help us anticipate our needs, keeps carrying and monitoring cash less necessary, and will help us make sure to cover costs! Yes, you’ll be able to purchase extra ice for cash at the event, but ice pre-payment is much appreciated! 
– $25 RV passes will be available along with ticket sales, # available to be determined, but there should be few more of these available than in any previous year – yay! #expansion!
– Art Grant donations – you will have the opportunity to donate along with your ticket purchase!
– We’ve considered selling a limited number of parking passes, due to our tight parking issues to encourage people to carpool, but …. We might wait on this, but geez – please CARPOOL!
– Directed tickets! NEW THIS YEAR! We’ve decided to reward and encourage some of our long standing, interactive, amazing theme camp and art crews and projects to come back, and will offer these camps a handful of tix that they can purchase just prior to regular ticket sales! Yes, these tix will count against our total number of tix available. Exact numbers TBA. If you qualify for this, you will be contacted! Please don’t ask for them. Best way to get them in the future – bring something awesome, so we want you back! 
To answer questions about this, yes, we will continue to provide transportation from gate to camping areas for you and your stuff. So when you get there, you will check in, unload your stuff, park your vehicle, stick your stuff in our vans and/or trucks, and we will take you where you want to go! Our friendly drivers can advise you where to camp, and even help you! We will also help you out when it’s time to go. There’s one main path around the grounds, that is primarily for people walking around, and for safety, we just can’t have cars driving around all weekend. Thanks for understanding and playing along! 
We will be increasing our art grants available again this year! Numbers TBA. Stay tuned for the application to apply for these grants, which will come out shortly after our ticket sales. You must have your ticket(s) to apply for an art grant, so make sure to grab yours! 
Fortunately, the Caribou Gun Club loves us, and we love them! However, they are raising our rates a bit this year. Not by a ton, but enough to feel it. I think they’ve figured out they we aren’t going anywhere, for as long as they will have us! We’re also looking into officially renting a few golf carts for our lead crew this year, so we can get around quicker as necessary. Also… we’ll need more porta potties, our insurance costs keep going up with our numbers, and we have more general infrastructure needs, as we continue to grow! TTATC will continue to be a quality event! Let’s keep on making our venue as happy with us as we are with them!
As we keep growing, we will continue to expand! Our RV area will be getting bigger this year, and we’ll be able to push further back! We will be re-arranging a bit to best utilize all of our spaces! Theme and Art application forms will become available, so if you want placement, filling out a form the best way to get it!
– Quiet Area: By popular demand, we are going to be designating some areas that will be “quieter” than all the super noisy spaces! This will likely include the first 3 clearings nearest to the gate. Jam and Cheese – yep, this means we’re moving you! Haha! You’ll be more loved in another spot, where you can Jam out all night! We love you! 
– Temple: We are considering changing our Temple location (perhaps to one of our quiet areas), and changing the Burn time of the Temple, for lots of reasons…. So stay tuned for more info about all that!
– Greeters: We are looking to create a secondary area for our Greeters to greet you, separate from gate, so that will be exciting! 
A link to sign up to volunteer will be provided along with our ticketing, so sign up for something right away! You’ll get the best pick of stuff to do, and WE NEED YOU! Once our priority spots are filled, we’ll be adding more volunteer opportunities to the list and will be bugging you to fill all the spots! There will be core event opportunities, as well as more specialized roles that will be more directed that may have greater responsibilities. More info on all that coming soon!
What the heck is going on?!? Burns aren’t like any other event. The “rules” are different, there are terms you might not understand, there are curiosities and oddities around every corner. We are going to be creating a document that answer your crazy newbie questions! We see you, and we are here for you. Stay tuned for that!
OY – I think that’s enough for now! If you have any urgent questions, feel free to ask! If something here said “more info will come” – it will come! So please chill and stay tuned! 
We do our best to keep up with everything, make changes as necessary, and hopefully we improve a little bit each year! Sometimes we try new things, and hope they work out, but if they don’t we’ll just change it again! Thanks for always working with us to create all the magic!
TTATC is an event not created FOR you, it’s created BY you! We’re all in this together. So bring your best, put your planning caps on, and prepare yourselves for so much awesome! Thanks for everything, and I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that TTATC9 will bring! 

Fire Mama


Fire Mama

Hope everybody is excited, and not freaking out too much! Haha!
Yes, TTATC is soooon, so now is a good time to pay attention to ALL THE THINGS!
Here’s some good stuff to know:
– There’s a WEBSITE! Tons of info there! GO THERE. READ THINGS! If you ask a question, and the info is already posted on the website, the answer will probably be, GO TO THE WEBSITE, and I will give you shit about it. WEBSITE! WEBSITE! WEBSITE!
– Ticket Freakout! Yep, ticket transfers and exchanges are in full force, so if you’re looking, don’t give up hope. ALSO…. We are EXTENDING the ticket transfer due date to Tuesday, July 17 (WOOOHOOOO!), since there’s still time, and there seem to be a few bugs in the system. We’ll work it all out. For now…. just stay calm. It will be ok. We have more time.
– Volunteering! A few of the 10 Principles revolve around our community, such as Civic Responsibility, Participation, and Communal Effort, which can mean a lot of things, including VOLUNTEERING! Wooohoooo! We’ve added some shifts to the volunteer schedule, including Greeters and Parking, PLUS, we could use some more FAST/Perimeter people!
General Volunteering:…
Perimeter Volunteering:…/1iUga5xCH5JlTtWam9RqrW_…/viewform…
*These links can also be found on the WEBSITE, BTW!
Thanks for being a solid part of our community! That’s what it’s all about!
– Important Points to super note: LEAVE NO TRACE, pack it in, pack it out, you are responsible for your own trash THE WHOLE TIME. And take it home with you.
– No potable water at TTATC…. Bring your own.
Bring a cup, tent, bug spray, sunscreen…. There’s a whole list of “What to Bring”……
Guess where you can find that info??? ON THE WEBSITE!
– TTATC8 THEME: Infinity
And….. specific THEME DAYS!
Thursday: We don’t need no theme Thursday (double negative, math reference!)
Friday: Forever Friday (time!)
Saturday: Spacey Saturday (space!)
***PROM will be Saturday night! Dress in your finest! Prom Theme: Under the Stars
– MAP and FULL SCHEDULE: will be released later this week! So exciting!
Another big ole email will come next week with even more info, so stay tuned!
Thanks for everything, everybody, and you know what you should do???
And tell your friends to check the website!
 Fire Mama
*** Please like and or comment if you’ve read this! THX! ***


Paul Gutoski

As the event gets closer, I’m going to be posting some important information and reminders here, so please watch for them!

This first one is related to our official event and gate hours for this year – read on !

Noon Thursday 7/19 – Noon Sunday 7/22

Thursday 7/19 12pm – 10pm
Friday 7/20 10am – 10pm
Saturday 7/21 10am – 4pm

PLEASE do not plan to arrive outside of gate hours. The gate will be closed and dark, and we really don’t have the resources to accommodate before or after-hours arrivals. We ask that you ALL respect this, and that if you know you’re not going to make it in time, wait until the next day to arrive. Thank you


TTATC is coming! In just over 3 weeks – whoa! How did that happen?!?
We have sooo many new and exciting things happening this year, and the anticipation is off the charts! It’s gonna come super quick, so make sure you are READY! Your lead team is wrapping up all kinds of details, and making it happen! Thanks to everybody involved!
You can find tons of info at our website, so make sure to check that out!
Meanwhile, read on for important information about…..
– THE TTATCers Group
– 10 Principles
Yep, there are lots of people looking for tickets, and in previous years, major shifting happens in the couple/few weeks just prior to the event, as people figure out they can’t make it or whatever, so hang in there! The deadline for transferring tickets is Noon on Tuesday, July 11th. Instructions to transfer tickets through BPT can be found on their website, or also on ours, under FAQ. The FB Ticket Exchange group, for those seeking or offering tickets, can be found at
Children 13 – 17 must have a ticket, but kids 12 and younger will be admitted for free, however…. ALL kids under 18 must be registered. This is so we can best care for our younger, future Burners properly! If this form isn’t completed in advance, there will be a hard copy of the form at the gate to complete at check-in, but advance registration ensures that the information is properly distributed, so help us help you, and fill it out. All kids must be accompanied to the event by a parent/legal guardian. The form to register your kids, and more information about that, can be found at
This event is primarily volunteer driven, and as we grow, we need you more and more! It’s a great way to meet people, do something amazing, and volunteering simply feels GREAT! Important event volunteer opportunities can be found here:…
We are also looking for specific volunteers to be part of our FAST (Fire Arts Safety Team)/Burn Perimeter crew. These are specific opportunities with some specialty requirements, and you can find out more information about that here:…/1FAIpQLSdZGBzvzJHPZA4HEH…/viewform
Already applied to have a theme camp placed? GREAT! An email with tons of info you will need to know will be coming directly to your email soon! Haven’t filled out the app form yet?!? Well, time is ticking, and they are due this Friday, June 29, so get on it! Forms can be found here:
Theme Camp App:
THE TTATCers Group:
If you aren’t already a member of our primary FB group for info and fun stuff, you should join us! That group can be found here:
One of the things that makes this event amazing is that we follow the 10 Principles of Burning Man. This makes TTATC unlike any typical festival out there. We build our temporary city based on these ideas, and work together to create something magical. Familiarize yourself with them now, so you won’t be surprised at the event! You can find specfic information about the principles here:…/philosophical-center/10-principles/
But for now…. here’s a basic list of em:
1. Radical Expression
2. Radical Self-Reliance
3. Radical Inclusion
4. Participation
5. Civic Responsibility
6. Communal Effort
7. De-Commodification
8. Gifting
9. Immediacy
10. Leave No Trace
More important information will come a bit closer to the event, so stay tuned!
Burn On and On and On –
 Fire Mama