I can see both sides of the fence on this issue, as I have been on each side. As it is, and as it is proposed, the spaces at Sara Park are $350.00 and the cities "permit" will be $200.00, totalling $550.00. A crappy spot in "Sturgis" or "Daytona Bike Week" is $5,000.00, a decent spot is $10,000 and a good spot is $20,000. Granted the crowds there reach 450,000 compared to 30,000. So if we take the middle cost at these other events of $10,000 and divide by 15, which is the percentage of crowd difference the cost should be $666.66. So I guess it isn't a bad deal for a vendor at the Fall Ride. Furthermore "all locations" are good spots at the Fall Ride. Sara Park, the Speedway, downtown, private property, the Hog House etc. etc. A good vendor with decent stuff will make a thousand per day for four days. $4,000.00 for $550.00. If someone is selling 'schlock junk' and only sells a couple hundred worth a day, $1,000 in sales costing $550 for the space is prohibitive. So don't come to sell at the Fall Ride. Those vendors are more suited for their "local mall" flea markets in their hometown. Those spaces are $35.00 As a result, the miles of "schlock" won't be there at the Fall Ride taking up shoppers precious time.
I beleive the crowd would rather see unique and quality vendors than the stuff they can see at their local mall anyway. You may have noticed that the Fall Ride is attracting new and unique vendors from all over the country now. The vendors from Sturgis and Daytona are now showing up here at our event. So have no worry about losing the "schlock-sters".