The Maricopa County Fair, in Phoenix Arizona runs from April 10th to the 14th at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. This is an interview with Karen Searle, Executive Director about what is old what is new and exciting about this years fair. We talk about the age of the fair, and what is new and exiting about this years fair - what there is for kids ans seniors, and their Community Stage - which is one of the main things this fair known for.
Arizona State Fair takes place this year - October 5th-28th, in Phoenix.. at 1826 W McDowell Rd. Some of the featured performances are (with many more on their website): featuring Gary Allan on October 5th October 10th , True Willy: Tribute to Willie Nelson AND 38 Special at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum October 11th, the Wallflowers at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum October 17th Pitbull at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum October 17th Anthrax at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum October 20th Big + Rich at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum There are a lot of various CONTESTS also - Facebook Contest, Cooking Contest, Eating Contest, Creative Contests and Livestock Entries Check out the Egyptian Exhibit - 2018 Arizona State Fair: King Tut and the Egyptian Treasures - Tickets</strong? A ONCE-IN- A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY DIRECTLY FROM EGYPT Behold the legendary treasures of king Tutankhamun Ninety six years after its amazing discovery in the Valley of the Kings or We bring Egyptian heritage to you The artifacts focus on the world-famous tomb of King Tutankhamun, Ramses II, Nifertary, Tuthmosis III, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra VII and artifacts from the Coptic and Islamic museum of art. Arizona State Fair - Pre-Fair Interview with Brianda Martinez, in Public Relations *****************
Well, as some of you may know I had a peanut brittle booth at the 4th Avenue Street Fair this year. I want to report to the food vendors about food vending at this event in Tucson, Arizona. As you know the 4th Avenue Street Fair is huge. It occurs twice a year one in December and then in the spring, usually in March. Competition to get into this event is very very high and there is a intense jury process that starts at Zapp For years I have hesitated in trying to get into this event as I believed the process to be too difficult - after all peanut brittle is a food product. My product is however pre-packaged and currently I have a wholesale food license from the state of Colorado. This license gives me a right to sell anywhere in the USA, including the 4th Avenue Street Fair in Tucson. Now, the 4th Avenue Merchants Association takes good care of its potential food vendors - and acts as a buffer between the Pima Health Department and the 4th Avenue event. My experience with the Pima Health Department in this regard was nothing short of dismal. Don't call them if you want into this street fair. Please just fill out the Zapp Application and once accepted into the show follow the instructions of the Merchants Association. Calling the Pima Health Department is a waste of time. They sincerely appear to not know what they are doing. I tried a few times. It appears that some of the people answering the phone there do not even know about this street fair. This is dismal. This fair is huge and very near the downtown area. Then there is a question of what regulations to follow at the street fair regarding screening in your booth. The Pima County Health Department told me one thing and the street fair another. Since the street fair is successful and its their venue - do what they tell you. So if you are a new food vendor hesitating because of the regulations concerning food vending in Arizona, and you want to do this event, just contact the Merchants Association and leave the Pima Health Department out of the loop. This is a great event for a new food vendor to do especially if you have a great new product that has not been at the street fair before.
Well, I survived. I always wanted to do the 4th Avenue Street Fair in Tucson with my peanut brittle. I have been making and selling homemade peanut brittle for about forever. It is made in the shape of Christmas Wreaths, mostly, decorated and put into white sturdy pizza boxes. The Street Fair was to say the least an experience. Did I make money? Well, yes, but not as much as I had thought I would. It had been awhile since I had attended or looked at the street fair. The crowds are enormous. People go from Speedway to the bridge down 4th Avenue in droves and come back the other way in droves. I am convinced the crowds come a lot because the weather is usually great in Tucson this time of year. A lot of people attending the street fair are winter residents getting away from the cold northern climates. I must say I was rather disappointed in a lot of the booths quality. If I was running the fair I would be much harder in the jurying of the booths. A lot of the booths were great and had a good appearance and good quality stuff. Unfortunately, many had the atmosphere and presentation of a flea market quality. This street fair has been around a long long time and in my opinion it ought to present a more professional higher quality vendor. There was no help in getting me out of there after the fair was over either. The police seemed annoyed and bothered by the vendors trying to disassemble after the event. I ended up taking out my stuff by myself a block and a half in a hand cart. It was pretty impossible to drive down the street and pick up my stuff. Will I do it again? I don't know. It was physically and mentally exhausting. Besides, I rediscovered the fact that vendors for the most part are second class citizens for some reason. Its a shame because some of the vendors are really great artists and great art is important.
Okay, Here I go again. Some of you know that I make a wonderful food product. I make Peanut Brittle and Agava Peanut Brittle. Last year I had a state of Colorado wholesale food license to sell it in the state of Colorado. With this license I could sell in stores and do most of the craft events in the state. Some of the events had specific county rules however. Now I want to do the 4th Avenue Street Fair in Tucson this December and the Green Valley Farmers Market, in Green Valley, Arizona. Now for those of you in the know, you know that this is a big undertaking. You have to have the booth,make sure it is weather secure, the tables, the signage, the product and all the supplies. BUT, what is the worst of this whole experience is the getting the licensing!!!!! There is a audio interview from the 4th Avenue Merchants Association from last year about selling food at the Fourth Avenue Street Fairs.The interview kinda makes it seem as if the process is fairly easy. Somehow I "think" not. I kinda of get the feeling that Pima County and Tucson doesn't want any more food vendors and that will do anything they can do to prevent me from selling my Peanut Brittle. So here we go again, this is "exactly" why I have done this before. I have a wonderful product. So first they tell me online I need a "Temporary Food Establishment License" BUT first I need a Business License before I can get the Temporary Food Establishment license. Of course, they are not telling me - or even suggesting WHERE I get the Business License from. WATCH for my next post - and if you know something about this stuff - leave a comment. I am thinking that if I can get through the maze - maybe we will tackle another city and state next. That is if it doesn't kill me.
Have you ever had the idea that maybe it would be a good thing to try to be a food vendor at a festival or event? Its hard to get started and the rules are all but overwhelming. In this interview I talk to Kurt of the 4th Avenue Merchants Association in Tucson and Mia Hansen of Tucson Meet Yourself. We talk about how to get into a big festival if you are a new food vendor. They say that you should contact the person running the festival who should be able to help you through the maze of regulations. Listen Here!
There are a lot of great artists in Arizona, I know, I used to run art and craft shows there. Upon occasion I find an artist who I like, who does something different, This is one of those occasions. she is using mosaics. The result is breathtaking. Older Artists Exciting New Series Proves its Never too Late for Reinvention.
Snuffy's Magical Clown Review has been a family oriented act since 1972. Started by Archie Searle and Keith Hall, the project encompassed their family, included 9 members. Eventually Hall left, and Archie and his son Michael kept the tradition alive in San Francisco and then Nevada. Today Michael Searle and his wife Karen star as "Mouse and Daisy" They are featured across the United States performing for a variety of venues including, state and county fairs, libraries, malls, schools, restaurants, corporate events and private functions. They do between 300 and 500 performances each year. In addition to their work as performers, Michael and Karen are the primary managers for the Maricopa County Fair. That fair nearly went bankrupt until Michael and Karen stepped in to save the fair in 2004. The fair is now on a solid financial footing and is self-supporting. To find out more about Snuffy's Magical Clown Review, visit their website listed below: http://www.snuffysclowns.com/