Email sent to ALL 2020 Vendors on 6/8/2020
Good afternoon, Danish 2020 Artisan Fair vendors -
We are reaching out this afternoon because we know everyone is wondering whether or not Danish Festival will take place this summer. Obviously, we cannot forecast what will happen over the next two months, but as of today, we are moving forward with the Downtown Artisan Fair & Boutique on August 21-22.
Our hope is that by Festival time, our state will have moved into Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer's Mi Safe Start Plan. But even this will require that we all make adjustments and take steps to keep Festival vendors and goers safe and healthy. We want to keep you in the loop of the steps we are currently taking to work toward this goal, but we also realize there will be many questions we cannot answer until we get closer to the actual event.
The Danish Festival executive director has been working closely with the Michigan Festivals & Events Association (MFEA) to ensure best practices and to understand how and why other festivals throughout the state are making the decisions they are. With regard to the Downtown Artisan Fair & Boutique, we have taken a number of steps to help us comply with current CDC and follow the MFEA COVID-19 Restart guide in an effort to keep everyone healthy. Ultimately, the decision to be a vendor at Festival or to come and shop at festival is up to each individual. For those of us who choose to be part of this year's event, it will require a group effort.
What our team is doing to encourage safety:
That said, our new layout will allow for limited space for additional vendors. If you have artistic or crafty friends who have been looking for opportunities to sell, please encourage them to sign up for Danish Festival 2020 soon!
Should developments require us to cancel Danish Festival 2020 in the coming months, we will offer options for vendors who have secured their spot with payment. These will include directing us to hold your payment as reservation for placement at Festival 2021; using the paid booth fee as a tax deductible donation to Danish Festival to help cover the cost of some non-refundable expenses incurred already for this year's festival; or a refund.
We encourage constructive feedback as we move forward with planning for this year's event. To that end, please follow this LINK to send your ideas to us. Should you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And again, thank you for your patience with us as we work to organize an event during this unprecedented and uncertain time.
The Danish Festival Artisan Fair & Boutique Vendor Coordinating Team