Great! You're not the only first-timer coming out; I've seen at least one other person mention this will be their first TDI club event. Welcome, one and all!
I know it can be intimidating to come into a large event where you think everyone already knows each other, but don't worry; this is a friendly crowd. By the end of the weekend you'll know most everyone, too. I speak from experience, as last year was my first fest (and I was brand-new to the site here, too).
If there are any other newbies out there who are worried about being the new kid...stop that right now! Or, if you're thinking that fest is only for the "super-serious" TDI enthusiasts or you're afraid everyone is going to know more than you...you're wrong. Again, I speak from experience: I am not especially mechanically inclined; pretty much all I know about cars is that I like to drive them faster than I probably should.
BUT, I've had a great time at TDI club events, especially fest.
This year is an especially good year for us less-mechanical types to come out. The venue is amazing. The mountains are gorgeous, and there are a lot of other things to do besides talking about car stuff. Believe me, there are plenty of non-car-related conversations going on at any moment. Of course, if you are trying to learn more about your car, fest is a great place to do so. Between the tech sessions and just being surrounded by so many knowledgeable people, there is no way you can leave without having learned something.
So, no excuses! Bring your family, bring your friends-they'll all have a good time. See you there!