The executive committee of the annual Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair releases the following statement:
The Pike Road Community and Civic Clubs have a longstanding tradition of hosting the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair. This volunteer-run event brings vendors and consumers together each November to enjoy shopping for the holiday season. For the last 48 years, the event has been held without a break in scheduling.
Unfortunately, approaching the 2015 event, the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair executive committee faced a unique set of circumstances. The weather throughout the past two weeks and the forecast for rain on the day of the event has left the committee with no choice, but to cancel this year’s fair.
In an effort to be as considerate as possible to everyone involved, the committee met to access the situation at the event site on Tuesday, November 3. After considering all options, the final decision was made to cancel the event. The decision did not come easy, but was made out of an abundance of caution for all of the vendors and shoppers. The continuous rainfall has created an environment at the fair site that will not allow for a safe event. The committee considered an alternate location; however, one was not available that would accommodate both vendor booths and parking. The committees considered rescheduling, but conflicts with vendor scheduling would not allow this to be as effective. Finally, the committee decided to announce this decision immediately in hopes of giving as much notice as possible to those who had plans to travel and needed to make arrangements.
Members of the executive committee also understood that many of the loyal consumers have already purchased tickets. To acknowledge and respect their support, the committee plans to honor those pre-purchased tickets at next year’s event. Further, the executive committee is planning to meet within the next few weeks to determine how to work with the vendors to assist them as we approach the 2016 event.
The executive committee thanks the Town of Pike Road and others who are assisting as we consider ways to learn from this experience. We appreciate the understanding of so many visitors and vendors. The volunteers are proud of the success of previous events and look forward to continuing the tradition and plan for a successful 50th Pike Road Arts and Crafts Festival in 2016.
Booths / Exhibits
Barbecue----Homemade Sandwiches----Hot Dogs----Mocha Cakes----Brownies----Soft Drinks----Water----Chips
The Chicken Shack:
Chicken Fingers----Fries----Homemade Sandwiches----Chips----Mocha Cakes----Brownies----Pecan Pie Slices----Soft Drinks----Water
Sweet Shop & Dessert Bar:
Homemade Cakes----Pies----Cookies----Fudge----Brownies----Mocha Cakes----Cheese Straws----Pie and Cake Slices----Homemade Sandwiches----Chips----Water----Cider, Coffee & Hot Chocolate or Ice Tea----Popcorn----Boiled Peanuts
Cookbooks----Calendars----Homemade Sandwiches----Mocha Cakes----Brownies----Pecan Pie Slices----Coffee----Hot Chocolate----Soft Drinks----Water
LOST & FOUND
OVER 250 EXHIBITOR SPACES
Antiques----Art--Banners----Calendars----Clothing----Cookbooks----Crafts----Furniture----Gel Candles----Jewelry----Leather Items----Plants----Seasonal Items including Christmas----Stained Glass----Wood Items----and Much More!