Committee Member Thelma Fowler said the idea would hurt the festival, as the vendors who have in all likelihood had those spaces for years would object to being moved and would tell others about being moved.
Cadiz Renaissance on Main Director Leida Underhill said that only a few businesses would be interesting in having booth space in front of their businesses. She added that a better idea would be to have them on the top of the list if a vendor who had a space in front of their store dropped out.
Discussion continued, and it was decided that the committee should table any action until its next meeting.
The Ham Festival balance as of Tuesday, March 2, was $97,843, with WKDZ Radio, Heritage Bank, Roeder Implements and the Cadiz Rotary Club already written down as sponsors of this year’s festival, according to the balance sheet.
Underhill talked about an idea for entertainment for the festival. She said she would be in contact with Valerie Music about featuring up-and-coming artists who would play at this year’s festival.
Although many locals have contributed recipes for the Ham Festival cookbook, they are still accepting more, and will until March 31, Fowler said. She added that the cookbook won’t be started on until at least two months later, however.
The committee also looked at sketches that were made for use on this year’s Ham Festival T-shirts. One of the favorites was a picture of pig texting another pig near a merry-go-round.
Underhill said that there are already a couple of local artists who are interested in participating in Artisans’ Alley, a proposed activity for this year’s festival.
The next meeting will be held at Cadiz City Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24.