Disappointed

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.   

-P. Preservationist
www.ppreservationist.com

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One Response to Disappointed

  1. I have been reminded that the city will also require a permit for setting up at Market Square. The city appreciates non-profits but they will need assurances that everything will not cost the DPS (okay, the taxpayer) money for cleanup! Permits are issued by the health department. (in the basement of City Hall)

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