We recently setup our crafts booth promoted by sunset boulevard promotions of Sarasota, Fl. at J. Hamil Park in downtown Sarasota. We were placed near a raw sewer pumping station that the previous week had had major problems flooding the grounds, U.S. 41 through downtown Sarasota and the Marina across from J. Hamil Park with raw sewage. The substation was still under repair and the smell from the venting was at most times overpowering subsiding with the direction of the wind and warming of the day. The promoters' of this event knew of the conditions days in advance yet did nothing to advise unsuspecting vendors. I guess the show must go on. The two weeks previous event was a disaster for a couple of vendors when overnight Sat/Sunday winds literally twisted and destroyed tent frames and contents and leaving other vendors with sand blown displays. With Sunday morning winds still sustained at or above 20 mph gusting near or at 40 the promoters without regard to public safety or responsibility of the vendors to the public, did not advise individuals of any situation other than " oh, this is going to calm down and the people will be here after church!" I guess the show must go on. Both of these events were marked by poor sanitation that was not maintained (Portajohns) mainly being left unpumped overnight greeting everyone the next day and no provision provided for a washing station or even hand sanitizer. Would you buy a hot dog from a vendor having used these facilities?
When the promotions representative was given these issued via email, their response was defensive and that I was the only one who complained.
I have two more prepaid shows that I cannot be refunded if I do not attend , but still even If I am the only one to bring to light issues that concern my wife's business future, these people need to react proactively. We are gradually learning who to trust in providing a caring environment for our product.