CANCELLED – Village Fair Days 2022
Village Fair Days began in 1967 as a two-day community event showcasing local businesses and organizations. It has grown over the years from a simple sidewalk sale into one of the largest events in town.
The New Milford Chamber of Commerce has coordinated this event with support of a Village Fair Days Committee and community volunteers. Many of the committee members and volunteers have been involved for many years and donated countless hours each year to make Village Fair Days successful.
In 2020 and 2021 the Fair was canceled for pandemic concerns as Covid-19 changed how the world worked. The committee met in late 2021 with the excitement of bringing the Fair back in 2022. As we moved forward with the process, we began to run into some challenges. The primary challenge was with Fair infrastructure. The infrastructure of Fair Days has a price tag of approximately $40,000. The costliest expenses cover the tents, rental of tables and chairs, wiring of the Green to provide electric to all the vendors, entertainment, and sanitation. All of which are coming in priced above past years’ expenses.
As we started accepting applications for this year’s fair, we found that long time vendors were reducing the amount of space they historically requested or deciding not to return as they struggle with being able to staff their space. While we have quite a few vendors eager to participate again, the interest has been considerably less than in past years. We spoke to people in the know and were advised that vendor participation in all different types of fairs has been falling off. With this information, we felt that we would not be able to host a fair of the same caliber as in the past, nor draw enough vendors to cover the incurred expenses.
In late April, the Chamber Board of Directors met and made the difficult decision to cancel Village Fair Days. In addition to supporting other local community events, the Board has committed to coming back with a different event that highlights our wonderful community and local businesses. To our long-time vendors and volunteers, we thank you so much for your energy and inspiration over the years. We could have never done the Fair for all these years without your support.
President, Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce
Chair, Village Fair Days Committee