Hoping the town stands firm
I couldn’t believe the article I read in the Summit Daily News, “Arts fair debate rears its head.”It doesn’t matter whether you are in Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen or Frisco, the Fourth of July weekend and Labor Day weekend are going to be the busiest weekends of the year.If Terry McGrath Craig’s longtime customers don’t like so many people and parking problems, perhaps he should suggest that they come on a different weekend.It seems to me that this is a problem that a town like Breckenridge would be wishing for, if not praying for. It just sounds like “sour grapes” to me. People don’t just come to town for the art show. They spend money in other places as well. He complains that there is too much going on those weekends. Hello! These shows are not even on Main Street like most shows in other towns, they are off to the side in a parking lot.We artists that participate in the July and Labor Day weekend shows bring lots of customers and tax revenue, and spend lots of money there ourselves.We stay there for four nights and eat three meals a day, besides spending money in lots of the shops. I’m sure our customers not only go to the art fair but spend money in lots of other places.The two shows in question are two of the most well run and nationally known art shows in the country. It would be a travesty to move these shows to another weekend. Moving them to the ice rink is definitely not an option. I can’t believe because a gallery or two thinks they are losing some sales for three days, that this would affect the decisions of the town on something as major as these art shows are. The town is not suffering from “too many people and traffic” because of the art show, it’s because it is the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend.I hope the town council has the strength to make the right decision on this matter.
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