Board approves Americade sale
BOLTONLANDING - The local Chamber of Commerce is seeking to grab onto the coattails of Americade and boost two-wheeled tourism in town this year during this renowned motorcycle rally.
The Bolton Town Board voted March 1 to allow the Bolton Chamber of Commerce to use Veterans Park's parking lot Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11 to host a motorcycle accessories market with 20 or so vendors.
Jim White of the Chamber told board members his group's objective is to persuade a good number of the tens of thousands of motorcyclists attending the rally to spend some time in Bolton instead of merely driving through.
White said Chamber officials envision the sale will grow in upcoming years. The Chamber is seeking to attract small-scale vendors, and not those who pull into town with 18-wheelers packed with goods. The hours of the market will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
On Saturday, June 11, the park entry fee will be waived. Town Board member Deanne Rehm predicted that not many people will be displaced by the market during early June, plus Rogers Park will be open to accommodate those seeking the beach and park experience locally. Councilman Greg Smith stated that any events held during shoulder seasons offered a positive influence on commerce, which in turn helps boost sales tax revenue.
It was noted that Veterans Park is an ideal location for the motorcycle accessory sale, since the park is so visible from the road.
The board also authorized the placement of signs or banners announcing the event.
The cost of a 10x10 vendor space is $100 and each additional space is $50. He stated that the money will be used to cover the Chamber's expenses for security, advertising, tables and tents.
Zandy Gabriels cautioned the board and Chamber officials to take special precautions when using the basketball courts so the surface isn't degraded.