I used to live in ATW
and attended Oshkosh for 8 years running. Got started when you had to be either an EAA member or a pilot to get in the flight line. That changed rapidly, however, as the last 3-4 years they were letting just about anyone in to the fllight line. I finally stopped going when the opening Saturday and Sunday attendance surpassed 200,000. I was also on the flightlline 4 years running and witnessed home builts crashing on the runway very near where I was standing. That sort of took the excitement out of Oshkosh, for me anyway.