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July 18, 2010


Your blog is wonderful! It's been so nice 'thumbing' through your adventures, and seeing your wonderful pictures!

We ended up skipping this fair for the first time in a few years, mainly because it would have cost us the extra $10 just to get into the event. Since we don't live in Salem we pay for parking, then either walk to Bush Park, or pay to ride the bus. We always expect to spend about $60 at this event, so $10 is a pretty big chunk of the art fair budget (We're young, on a student budget, with a 5yo so $60-80 is a big deal for us in our current life phase)

I'm a little ashamed that with the current bad economy, the fair opted to charge admission, rather than try to boost attendance. It's not like past years the crowd has been great, or warranting of the extra expenses of fencing, and leaving less spectators for the vendors to market towards. Had the event been crowded, or had issues with unruly visitors I can see possibly warranting this motion, but that's simply not the case at all. This event is never crowded, always comfortable spacing among persons, and even the teens visiting have been behaved, and polite.

On the plus, missing the Salem art fair left us with more spending money for our home-town NW Art and Air Festival in Albany. Since we're relocating cross-country for work this month for an unknown amount of time, it was wonderful to really savor the local flavor of this wonderful town we call home. Needless to say with the change in attitude of the Salem Art Fair, we'd be unlikely to come back to visit in time for that event, while we hope we're able to come back and visit next year for the Art and Air Fest in Albany!

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