Vendors are given longer, later hours
Published: Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Vendors who set up shop in downtown Custer during Custer Cruisin’ next summer will have to stay open later and stay longer, after action taken by the Cruisin’ committee at its Aug. 30 meeting.
The committee voted unanimously to make the modifications to the contract after several vendors shut down their areas as early as 5 p.m. during this year’s rally, while others showed up late or left before the rally was over.
The early closures were especially problematic because for the most part it was the vendors nearest Mt. Rushmore Road, which led many visitors to believe the entire row of vendors had shut down, when in fact some further down 6th Street were trying to stay open later. One vendor also left early, packing up the last Saturday of rally, while also blocking the street while loading up.
“You’re not going to make any money if you’re not out there,”â��said committee chairman Don Herren.
The idea of having vendors closest to Mt. Rushmore Road stay open until a certain time was discussed, as was a graduated fee schedule that would see booths closer to the road charged more money. However, it was eventually voted unanimously to have the vendors operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, while also mandating they be set up by the Friday before the rally at 10 a.m.
Vendors will not be allowed to sell their wares before 10 a.m. on that first Friday. That part of the motion was included after a suggestion by committee member Rock Roeck, who said vendors selling items while others are setting up can create a mess, although city community development director Rex Harris said setting a time the vendors can start selling has been tried before, much to the chagrin of the vendors who want to start selling as soon as they are set up.
The final change states that vendors must remain set up and selling through the last Saturday evening of the rally. Extenuating circumstances will be taken on a case by case basis.
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