I agree it's nice to see S8 staff helping us here. Very much appreciated!
I remember from the Pig event that things that only become available later in the event are very hard to collect withing the time given.
This makes intermediate advance important too. (but they did mention some adjustments, so I'm not sure how this one will go..)
I caved and bought the second Fountain, hoping this will speed up my initial progress and makes further goals achievable without Gem spending... I hope.
I don't normally spent Gems to complete events, but the prizes here are so overwhelmingly good and beautiful, and I had the Gems.. (if I get a Mint Chip in my Tent I will have a problem though..choices, choices..)
Someone else mentioned the Piggy Cottage (fully upgraded) and I agree. The event was brutal, but that Cottage is one of the best things in my Realm.
Thanks for all the help, tips and tricks and GOOD LUCK TO ALL !