To help offset the insurance cost for the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla’s Day in the Park, the flotilla committee unanimously voted to increase the vendor fees for the event during its Monday, March 24 meeting.
The insurance is estimated at $2,500. The fees will increase from $85 to $95 for the general booth spaces and from $125 to $150 for the six larger corner spaces for the Nov. 29 event.
Committee member Linda Brown said the day in the park typically attracts around 100 vendors and the increase could account for nearly half of the insurance cost.
“It won’t cover it entirely but it will help with that huge fee we have to pay,” Brown said.
The insurance cost for the event was new in 2013 and committee chairman Pres Davenport said the committee has not received any quotes for the insurance yet this year.
The committee has yet to contract a band for the Friday night party.
Last year’s beach music act, the Craig Woolard Band, has merged with The Embers to form The Embers featuring Craig Woolard. Woolard was a member of The Embers for more than 27 years.
The flotilla spent $2,350 on last year’s entertainers. Brown said more tickets were sold to the party because of Woolard’s name recognition. The Embers may cost too much, she said.
During its February meeting, the committee decided to change the judges for the flotilla boat parade with the exception of John Boy from the John Boy and Billy Show. Davenport said Monday he would inquire about which TV and film stars might be in the area during that time and willing to judge the parade.
Brown said one boat has already registered to participate in this year’s parade.