March 17th is Saint Patrick's Day. When is Irish Day?
Added to the story: the signature event will be held Saturday, March 16, often referred to as St. Patrick’s Day eve.
I almost choked when I read "It takes a lot of good people, doing important work, to make Murphys Irish Day the success it has become." He adds, "We are fortunate to have such a good crew."
Success?? Well maybe for the organisers, as it has been canceled the last 2 years due to SNOW and if you are a vendor, they just KEEP your booth fee that they raised to $125. Since they refused to even give anyone a break that has paid the last 2 years and couldn't go, many vendors are not going to support this event. The weather is always iffy at best, but they must think that craft people are rich enough to lose hundreds of dollars and still be willing to pay their fee. Organisers are greedy, and merciless. Heck with them, don't support Irish days.
How will this benefit Feeney Park?
Irish Day was such a great time last year, including the snow. People turned out in droves ready for the weather. I'm looking forward to attending this year. A big thanks to those who work hard to keep this gem of an event going.
Bert I am glad you had fun, but from a vendor's point of view, with wet and ruined hand made items, trying to load up your stock in the snow, and not even enough sales to cover gas, much less booth fee, some might have a different view. They called the event off after it started, most vendors struggled to leave, and this was not my idea of "fun". I don't know where the "droves" were either. The green beer sold in the bars can make just about anything "fun".
Dreamer - With a new group of people at the helm, it seems like a great time for the vendors to negotiate a return policy of booth fees due to cancellation of the event and/or a partial refund due to inclement weather. If a vendor can't show up because of personal issues or choice, they can't expect their money back. Since vendors know that the weather is "iffy" in March, it's their choice to commit to having a booth and, if they do, they need to be prepared for inclement weather. I wasn't able to attend the event last year. Did they actually cancel the entire event or did people just choose to not show up because fo the weather?? Obviously, people were there - both vendors and visitors.
Dreamer - the event was not cancelled the last 2 years. The event ended early - big difference. The parade went on, vendors set up their booths. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. That doesn't make the organizers greedy. The same amount of work is involved no matter what the weather is to run an event like this. Too bad you did not enjoy yourself. Great event to meet up with friends and check out what the vendors are selling. Best parade ever.
Nancy - it was canceled,by the event organizers, they let the vendors go home. Many vendors asked for a break to sign up again
Everyone who is a vendor, cleans up after themselves, and there is no real reason they couldn't either give long time vendors a break,or let
them come one year free gratis. It is all about the dough.
It is a liability for them if it snows, and someone falls & sues them,so goodluck!
I saw no indication the event was cancelled last year. The parade went off without a hitch, complete with Girl Scouts giggling at the snow. I spoke with many vendors who were pleasantly surprised by the turnout. I don't know how they did with sales, but I think the economy had more to do with that than the snow. People just don't have as much expendable income these days to spend on crafts and home decorations. Food and functional items seemed to be doing OK, so vendors might think about making adjustments to the items they sell. Don't get me wrong, the crafts are fun to look at, but having a diverse product line might help the bottom line. Some green umbrellas, hats, or sweatshirts would have sold like gangbusters. Hopefully, they will have more sales this year.
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