The musical genius Frank Zappa was years ahead of his time when he made that statement.
Something smells very funny about the upcoming Aurora Jazz Festival.
The reason that the Farmers Market Vendors are being forced to move is because unlike last year Town park will be fenced and closed for this years Jazz festival.
A ticket price of $5 has now been announced, therefore restricting ALL access to the park to paying customers of the Jazz Festival only.
Clearly there was never any intention in "working with" the Farmer's market vendors from the start, because there was no option but to have them relocated.
If that wasn't reason enough to sour one to this event, here are some other issues I have:
First off, if the highly established and embraced Beeches Jazz Festival that happens on public parks, is free and has world renown acts, why would anyone in their right think that they could charge admission to a small and unknown Aurora Jazz Festival headlined by an unknown Wedding Singer?
Secondly, why would anyone, especially the town as a sponsor, think it is okay to revoke existing permits and re-locate vendors for one event to allow vendors for another?
If the town's response is 'whoops sorry, this event permit was filed first" then the question should be how could this conflict not have been anticipated at the time that the permit was granted?
Thirdly, as someone who attends the Farmers Market, and as a parent with kids using the splash pad and play structure every weekend how does one gain access to the bathrooms located on the park?
I'm hearing that the park toilets will be for paying ticket holders of the event, and portable toilets will be provided for us "peasants" that are inconveniencing the all mighty Jazz Festival.
The attitude from the organizers has been extremely rude and confrontational.
When you start adding up the dollars now involved the motivation behind the event appears less community oriented and much more profit motivated than I feel comfortable for the town to be endorsing.
Lets break it down:
A wine and cheese event at the Aurora Cultural Center (another ticket based event):
$30 x 150 = $4500
Projected Ticket Sales:
$5 x 3000 = $15000
Sponsorship from the Town = $2000 in waived fees, promotion and who knows what else
Add in vendor fees and paying sponsors and we're looking at a take that is well over $30,000, which is a significant increase from the previous years event.
So can anyone tell me how exactly the Town benefits from this?
The Farmers Market will not see any benefit given that there will be vendors at this event, so any "spill-over business" argument doesn't hold any water.
Perhaps we are supposed to be in awe of this mediocre festival as a component of some over hyped and yet delivered cultural renaissance that will of course place Aurora on the map, resulting in a thriving tourism industry…..
What I want to know is if the town is participating in profit sharing with this venture.
If so perhaps they would be open to the idea of offsetting the inconvenience of the Farmers Market Vendors by returning to them a percentage of their permit fees. Say in the area of 100%.
Benjamin Franklin pointed out that "fish and visitors smell in three days."
and here the Jazz festival hasn't even started and it wreaks of corruption.