The City of New Rochelle is partnering with Streetfaris.org for New Rochelle’s Second Annual Street Fair.
So who is in charge of promoting and advertising this second annual event? Most likely the same people that didn’t promote the first annual fair very well. Where are the signs, the banners, newspaper/media coverage, and the radio and TV ads?
What tipped me off was the small scroll on News12. From what I am told, Streetfaris.org runs the fair jointly with The City of New Rochelle and they have their own advertising plan. They are supposed to be dropping flyers around in the downtown and will be doing backpack flyers for the elementary school kids. These are the same kids that go back to school on September 3rd for a half day, only a few days before September 7th the date of the street fair. I have to ask, How many of you parents get the information that get put in an elementary students backpack the day it comes home? There are so many other ways and resources that can be used to promote a city run event, some that cost little or no money.
Why is New Rochelle always behind the eight-ball when it comes to these types of events? Why, because we can't promote our city and its wonderful events properly, A Big Dis-Connect! How many of you have seen anything for the Second Annual Street Fair? How are we going to improve our Downtown and The City of New Rochelle if we can’t get the promotion of a street fair right?
You can see the News12 information at:
New Rochelle’s second annual Street Fair
Sun. 9/7 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Main Street between Centre and North Avenues
New Rochelle, NY, United States
Crafters, artists, vendors, games, live music, rides, great food, classic car show, local business & community showcase!
The only listing on The New Rochelle City Website was for more vendors. Where is the promotion and advertisements for the event? This is only a little more than a week away????
Last call for vendors for 2nd Annual Street Fair
New Rochelle Street Fair Set for September 7
Vendor space still available on a first come, first served basis.
Vendor space is still available for New Rochelle’s second annual Street Fair, Sunday, September 7 from 11AM to 5PM on Main Street. Produced by StreetFairs.org in partnership with the City of New Rochelle, the fair will feature games, food, arts and crafts and live entertainment for all ages.
For New Rochelle-based crafters, artists, retailers, food vendors and businesses, the booth price is just $50 and for community groups its $25. Non-resident fees are available on request. The registration deadline has been extended to August 29.
“This fair is a day of fun for all ages, right in the heart of downtown New Rochelle,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmermann. “The huge success of last year’s inaugural event proves that it’s the perfect venue for our City businesses and organizations to showcase their services to thousands of residents and visitors.”
Last call for vendors,
How about last call for The City of New Rochelle! It is a street fair people, it’s not that hard. Many other cities, towns, villages, schools, communities and every other Tom Dick or Harry has the ability to promote their events. Why is it that time and again The City of New Rochelle fails to promote the wonderful events we have available to the public?
I have not seen any signs or ads for the Street Fair to be held on September 7, 2014 in Downtown New Rochelle or anywhere else for that matter. Yesterday I saw a scroll on New 12 that said go to their link. The city web site only shows the need for vendors. Am I missing something?
This was one topic I had discussed a while back at Citizens to be Heard and with some City Staff. I also spoke at length with Bob Marrone the new Executive Director of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce at a League of Women Voters event on May 16, 2014. He agreed with my points about the big disconnect and the need to bring all of the business and city groups together and coordinate events. Is The Street Fair a City of New Rochelle, BID or Chamber of Commerce event? Who cares, there needs to be some type of coordination to promote this event and The City of New Rochelle's Downtown. The promotion must be much further in advance to create a stir, a conversation, a BUZZ.
It’s Labor Day Weekend, who will really be around and paying attention. I see more signs for tag sales and schools opening then anything that the city promotes. If we don’t start thinking about the small things, we will never be capable of handling the bigger picture of getting The City of New Rochelle back on its feet. We need to work on getting Downtown back up and running before any new development is looked at. Fix what we have before we get ourselves into any other bigger developments or problems. If we can’t run a street fair, how can we run a city?
Events like this are not big money makers, they are a way to create a buzz Downtown and in The City of New Rochelle. They are supposed to bring a community together and draw outsiders in. In this case, drawing people to The Downtown Area to see what wonderful stores, shops, restaurants and retail business we have. To the many Naysayers, we do have some wonderful things to see and do Downtown, it’s just nobody knows it, only the few that do venture Downtown. You know, word of mouth, free advertising, fun and games and seeing old friends having a few laughs with the kids. The things good friends and families do that actually bring a community together!
WOW! Community What a Concept!