So voted the Trigg County Ham Festival Committee at their meeting Monday, Jan. 23.
In years past, such events had to pay $25 to have their names associated with the festival. It’s been so long, however, members of the committee couldn’t remember when that was last enforced.
If planners for an event are granted the right to use the festival’s name, they will also be expected to keep the committee updated on their planning and logistics and also provide the committee with a point of contact.
Events that don’t raise funds for a profit will not be exempted. Committee member Melissa Noel noted that all booths must pay a registration fee regardless of what they do with their proceeds. The satellite events should work the same, she said.
Skip Garrison wondered how the rule would be enforced.
It was suggested that if someone representing the associated event wanted to participate in the parade, they would have to remove the festival’s name from their event if it appeared on a float, etc.
Noel also suggested running advertisements saying that events which used the festival’s name without permission were not in fact associated with the event.
Noel said it wasn’t fair for some groups to benefit from the festival without contributing something back.
“It’s about making organizations in this community money — that’s why we do it,” she said.
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