I am very upset that the Labor Day Festival has been cancelled this year.
It is a wonderful event because it allows non-profits to display their causes and information before the public. Normally, if they are to appear in any of the Chamber events, they must pay full price for a spot and often they are shuffled into an obscure spot so those laden with products to sell can be on the forefront.
Even though non-commercial enterprises make up a strong part of our community, rarely will you see them at a Chamber festival. Often, out-of-town vendors show up in great numbers making the event an excuse for a ‘flea market’ instead of representing the best of our city.
This festival was the one event that was a breath of fresh air. I’m not against commercial booths but I would like the vast majority of them to have some hint of being ‘local’. And I might add, at any Chamber festival, let’s get all the shop keepers to put out their best.
Kathy Heywood, though, has encouraged any non-profits that would still like to setup a booth or tent at Market Square to please do so. This festival would be September 1st, 2nd and 3rd and would go from 10:00 to 4:00 each day.
Since this would not be an official festival, each participant would need to ensure total breakdown and cleanup each night.