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Unread 09-28-2009, 04:25 PM   #31
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Exactly! Hey are you still going to bed able to help Phyllis setup on Saturday.
Sorry, no, I have a wedding Saturday (my miscommunication).
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Unread 09-28-2009, 05:10 PM   #32
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I thought this was just the consultation.
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Nope consulatation is Sunday; Wedding is Saturday hence the miscommunication.
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Ok so the day basically sucked. We barely broke even.

There were 110,000 people there and none of them knew where to find us. We weren't visible at all from where the races were and the one small gate with one small 'concessions' sign was blocked by two catering trucks so most people never even went past that point.

The only reason we even broke even is because I went out into the crowd to get people and bring them back. (If anyone has seen me hustle at a People's Choice event, you know what I mean.)

All of the vendors were really pissed, because there was no flow to the area where we were setup. Awful.

That being said, it was the most money we ever made in 6 hours. But an $1800 entry fee and $1000 worth of meat cuts right into that. Not to mention paying the help.
Ugh, I feel your pain! We've had those weekends when our staff had better take home pay than we have. But, those weekends do not happen as often any more. Would more signage, and place it higher above your booth, help at all? Steve built a framework that holds a large banner above the top of our booth so people can see it over the heads of the people in the crowd.

Our son-in-law figured out the numbers for us and events that charge that much for a space are almost never a money make if it is only for one day. In those cases the first day is when you (hopefully) cover your costs like space rent, supplies, staffing, etc. The second day is when you make your profit. We only do a few one day events any more for that reason. Those one day events we will do are for organizers we already know who are wonderful to work with and bend over backwards to make our lives easier.
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