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Probably unheard of out in the flat lands but Grand Jct. Art and Jazz Festival fee was DOWN $65 from $295 last year to $230 his year. Winter Park was only up $5 to $150. Others remained the same. Pretty good for solid $2K+ shows on a weekend.

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Comment by Richard L. Sherer on February 13, 2013 at 8:47pm
I went to the site. Artisan booth fee is $230. No awards are given. Fine art is $295 and cash awards are given. I sent Diane Keliher an email as last year I know I paid $295. Guess it's a question of you wanting to roll the dice and bet $60 for shot at a cash award.
Comment by Richard L. Sherer on February 13, 2013 at 8:27pm
They emailed me an app as I kept getting kicked off the site when I went to down load it. I will double check. What I got said $230 and I said wow!
Comment by Mary Staby on February 13, 2013 at 11:02am

Richard where did you see the booth fee of $230 for Grand Junction? I checked the app again after your post and it still says $295. I'd love to save $65. Good show that I attend every other year.

Comment by Geoff Coe on February 11, 2013 at 4:25pm

Back in the late '80s I was sales manager for a family portrait company that contracted with Alco discount stories (and other retailers).  I remember Delta well, it was a great "first-of-the-month" store but God help the sales rep who worked end-of-the-month promotions!

It was there that I learned not to judge people's income by how they dressed (Nels' "good shoes" radar, aside).  A farmer walked in to see his family portraits with the entire brood (five kids, wife, and four grandkids).  Dung on his shoes, chewing tobacco on his breath. 

I laid out the photos on the viewing table (this was a good five years before video proofing), sure that this down-at-the-heels farmer would pick up his free 8x10 and pass on the rest. 

"These sure are good, honey," he said to his wife.  "Let's get 'em." 

Whereupon he carefully unlaced one dung-caked boot, pulled out a wad of $20 bills, and paid me $500 for every one of them. 

Comment by Richard L. Sherer on February 11, 2013 at 3:55pm
Geoff, My guess is that it is the energy boom pumping $$$ into western slope towns and they have more revenue to put on their events. Last year's show was well attended with quality work and it was a money maker for me. Just got another follow up holster order from fellow in Delta, CO so people travel to the show from surrounding communities.
Comment by Geoff Coe on February 11, 2013 at 1:00pm

Interesting!  What accounts for this?  Are shows less well attended there (due to lower population density)? 

Wish I could exhibit out there...hard to believe I lived in CO for 17 years and for half of that time, did not own a camera!

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