Vendors Brenda and Andy West joined the meeting to share their experiences in concessions with the committee.
“When we move to other places, it wasn’t like this,” said Brenda West. “The Ham Festival took (the vendors) in order and everything ran like clockwork. We never lost power like some festivals do. We’ve had more problems everywhere else than here.”
Andy West said that he believed that all vendors fared well at the festival and agreed with his wife’s assessment that they would be willing to pay a higher booth fee to restrict the number of vendors in the future.
“This is the only festival that we had ice brought to us. The only thing I would say is bring the bathrooms closer to the vendors,” said Brenda West. “I guarantee no other festival works like this one.”
Fowler told her that lavatory facilities could be no closer to the food concessions due to health department regulations.
Committee Member Joey White said that the driveway across Marion Street from the Cadiz Police Station was too steep and caused some trouble for concession vehicles. He added that allowing vendors to set up one-by-one and in order minimized other complications.
County 4H Director Janeen Tramble said that she hoped that winners and contestants from the myriad of beauty pageants in the area would register to ride in the parade on Friday or Saturday. She said that some contestants were in tears as they were turned away from the parade Sunday morning.
“Everyone is on their own after they win,” said Fowler. “If they don’t sign up for themselves, they won’t be in the parade.”
New volunteer Anne McCormick said, “Last year was the best Ham Festival ever. I’ve been coming for 10 years and every year the food is better than before, and there is a broader selection of vendors. I know you have said there are no pets allowed, but why?”
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