An examination of serious participants at the Australian Wintersun Festival
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Events, such as festivals, have been identified as places in which activities are provided for participants to develop skills and build their leisure careers. This study aimed to explore the leisure and tourist behaviours of serious, and at times fanatical, participants at the Wintersun Festival in Queensland, Australia. The weeklong nostalgic celebration of music, dancing, cars and lifestyles attracts participants from distant communities to travel and participate in the activities that are integral to achieving their leisure goals. This study utilised participant observation to identify nine domains which describe and explain the behaviours of participants including specialised travel, lifestyle, identity reinforcement, pride, fanaticism, social interaction, fixated consumption, competition and skill development. The results highlight the specialised travel experience undertaken by participants and the important role of events in fulfilling their personal and social goals.
Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Leisure Studies, Vol.28(1), 2009, pp.85-104. Leisure Studiese is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Sport and Leisure Management