Festival Organizing Committee Member Joey White said, “Last year, we had almost everyone in, when a vendor came late. It took half the night to move the vendors already there to get him in. This year, we’re having everyone wait at the school, and we’ll send for them. There’s no choice really.”
Committee Member Melissa Noel said that the new arrangement would apply to food vendors only. “When setting up, they move in herds and nobody can get through,” she said.
If a vendor arrives late to the festival, he or she must take the next space at the rear of the two allotted food areas on Marion Street and at the Cadiz Farmer’s Market. “We’ve assigned everyone a check-in time that is staggered through the day. If a vendor misses that time, they have to go to the back of the line.”
Local groups, organizations and vendors not requiring electrical hookups will be assigned to areas on Main Street. Noel said that these groups will not be assigned a check-in time and may begin setup after 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.
Food vendors must obtain a health permit to operate at the festival. Noel said that the vendors’ information packets contain information to obtain a permit, and must be bought in advance of the festival. She added that occupational license requirements from the city would be waived since this is a community festival.
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