I was browsing the forum and read a few posts about fees escalating and having to raise prices. It’s getting obscene what people are charging for event fees. Bumbershoot in Seattle wants $3250, plus 15% on all sales above $4000 in sales. Add to that, $255 for the county fee for an event, and you barely have your cost of fees covered with the initial sales before the commission kicks in. I guess as a small business person, I should expect gouging by government, be it county, city, state for federal. But it really PXXXX me off when events try to wrangle every possible dollar out of the very people that help draw crowds to their event. Sorry, this is a sore spot with me. It’s no wonder vendors charge $6 for a hot dog, $10 for a burger and fries and more if the traffic allows.
We’ve chosen to hit the smaller events, that have a reasonable fee so that we can keep our prices reasonable. We sell hot dogs for $2, no side, and chicken sandwich, halibut sandwich, Pulled Pork and halibut and chips, all for $5 each, and each comes with either fries or slaw. We do pretty well at smaller events because our prices are more reasonable than others. We do this for a living, but I remember being a father of 5 at fairs where it would cost me near a day’s wage to buy a meal for my kids. I was just wondering if anyone else out there limits themselves to the smaller events, or if you go to the big ones, what kind of fees do YOU have to pay.