Disappointing tackiness at Towsontown Festival

May 03, 2010

I'm writing you to express to you my deep disappointment regarding the Towsontown Festival. With a rather steep booth fee, and considering Towson is supposed to be an upscale neighborhood, I was shocked to see the "dollar store" quality of vendors that they had on display. It is beyond my comprehension how they allowed numerous vendors blatantly selling fake Louis Vuitton and Gucci handbags. Besides being tacky and tasteless, it is illegal for knockoff handbags to be sold.

If I were them, I'd be mortified and embarrassed at having my name associated with such a horrible show. Myself being a festival organizer, you must realize that you are supposed to be providing the community with something worthwhile. The purpose of putting on a festival is not see how many checks you can collect and cash, you're supposed to be putting on a quality show. They had the lowest quality talent of any show I have vended at in six years. Whoopee Cushions, Beanie Babies and other sweatshop produced, made in China junk provides the community with nothing other than more things for the trash collectors to put in the city dump.

It is now clear why they collect an extra $35 for a first-time vendor; I don't think they expect people to return. It is quite apparent that they care about nothing else then to get as much money as they can. I operate an artist-based small business, and the huge expense of your show is going to hurt us. The decent thing for organizers to do would be to refund my booth fee. I won't hold my breath because I don't think they know the meaning of the word "decent" if they think it is acceptable to have an abortion booth displaying fetuses for young children to point at and ask their parents what they're looking at.

Shame on you, Towsontown Festival.

Jean-Baptiste Regnard, Baltimore

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