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Due to all the flash flooding, this venue was changed from Memorial Park to Field's Park by the tennis courts. This show has been going on for nearly 40 years in the Memorial Park location, which is central to the downtown area and gets foot traffic from the tourist downtown.
The committee did a good job moving the show. Field's Park is a nice park with more grass and trees than Memorial Park. However, there is a lot less parking and the park is hidden, not viewable from the main streets. Several artists had canceled this show.
Set up and tear down was difficult and required a lot of co-operation with other artists.
This is a 3 day show. Friday we set up. Saturday was HOT and HUMID. Sunday it rained with thunder and lightening, this scared away almost all of the patrons and closed the show early. (Hwy 24 was closed for a while too and customers ran to rescue their cars parked in downtown Manitou. There was street flooding and I was happy to have a big tall van to drive through the water.) Monday was warm, with artists parking vehicles curbside early for the dreaded tear down. Most of the artists I know who did this show were down in sales by 50-95%. I actually sold OK, but I think it was due to my mailing list.
This is the first time I can remember with motels/hotels all posting Vacancy. Normally the town is filled. Downtown, local businesses all had sandbags lined up near their front doors, ready for the next flood. Although they are talking about building some ponds to help with the flash floods, those in the know about these things, say this will be an ongoing problem for the next 5-10 years.
I heard that the committee for Commonwheel will be meeting with the mayor and making decisions on whether to cancel this show for next year or attempt to have it again in Fields Park. I like doing this show, and hope it doesn't get canceled. Although I understand the safety concerns.