I started going to Redsfest in 2000-then it was held in January. This was after the Bichette and before the Junior trade. It was also snowing (not much). Even then the autograph lines were outrageous and you'd see people with large duffle bags worth of merchandise (side note: this year noticed that there was a sign limiting the size of bags). So I concentrated on photos and for the next couple of years that's what I gravited to. Also, in the early years it was pretty much autographs, photos, Main Stage (still have fond memories of Richard Hand and his tape recorder ), and memorabila. Not much kids, vendors, or interactive stuff.