[middlefaire] General Vendor Info Update
- Tent Booths:On tent booths, we have two size categories:(1) Small- 12' x 12' = $25/weekend(2) Large- 16' x 20' = $40/weekendThese are just generalized size ranges...we're not really verystrict. (No one has yet had their booth measured with a tape.)Basically, a "small" booth is roughly the size of a 4-leggedopen canopy, and a "large" booth is roughly the size of anenclosed tent pavilion. We hope that will accommodate mostpeople.The tent vendor contract is ready to mail out. Interested parties,let me have your postal address, and I'll drop you a packet in themail ASAP. We need to go by mailed packets only this year,because all vendors (indeed all faire participants) will be requiredto sign a Hold Harmless waiver.Booths that are much bigger than 16' x 20' will generally belimited to hardened booth structures (i.e., buildings).Hardened Booths:General guidelines below--the following is subject to change inthe next few weeks as we draw up our legal papers:-'Ownership' refers strictly to a 'tenant'-'landlord' relationship;the faire owners will comprise the 'landlord' of all physical property,as well as owners of the land upon which it is built. (This is prettystandard with private land corporate faires.) Essentially if you buildand own your booth you have control of the building and its rent percontract.-If you build a booth, you will lock in contractually at the goingrate per square foot of space per weekend as written in yourcontract, for a lease period of ten years. The going rate persquare foot may slide up in price as inflation marches upwardand the faire grows.We seem to be in an inflationary cycle now, so locking in thisway may be advantageous for merchants.-Booths built by their tenant owners will be leased at the rateof 12 cents per square foot per weekend. Thats the going ratefor 2007-2008. This will refer to ground space only--there willbe no additional charges for square footage of lofts, second, orthird floors. I am adding that budget incentive to encourage thebuilding of multi-story merchant booths, which are really moreperiod than the wide, sprawling one-story shops built at a lotof other faires.-Regarding building, let me remind everyone that we have aspecial--this year only--for vendors who build their own booths;for the first three years of building ownership, you will receivefree rent at all Middlefaire festival events (including off seasonfestival events).Camping:-Camping will be available onsite this year for all craft vendors.We're still working on specifics.-Unknown whether or not there will be hot showers at this point.However, there are running water hydrants already piped into thevillage and these can be used for solar showers. These hydrantsdo supply potable water, incidentally---so they can be used fordrinking, cooking, or handwashing.Timelines:-Building season for vendors will not start until April 1st.-The faire contract for builders is a work in progress. Pleasebear with us. This contract should be finished around March 15.-We encourage you to go ahead and ask for vendor packets ifyou are a second year craft vendor--if you act early we may beable to earmark you some good spots before the booth buildersclaim them. (All four corners of the lanes at Church Street andthe main street are taken for building, at this writing.)-I also encourage all our craft vendors to join our second Yahoolist, firstname.lastname@example.org. This list will befor on-topic discussion of faire vendor issues only, and will likelyinclude some future info and discussions that don't make it to thegeneral discussion Middlefaire Yahoo Group.
mka K.G. Tuma
the Middlefaire Company, Inc.
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