Wool festival in peril

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA -

The board of the Moun­tain and Val­ley Wool As­so­ci­a­tion, spon­sors of the an­nual Taos Wool Festival for 35 years, has found that changes to Kit Car­son Park made over the past sev­eral years have ma­te­ri­ally af­fected the Wool Festival. The ad­di­tion of the new stage vis­ually changed the char­ac­ter of the park and forced a re­duc­tion in the spa­ces al­lo­cated for ven­dors.

Last year, the en­larged stage area fur­ther im­pacted our booth spa­ces, and the dam­age caused to the field by the use of heavy equip­ment as­so­ci­ated with a con­cert prior to the Taos Wool Festival caused some ven­dors to be set up over stand­ing wa­ter, and oth­ers in muddy ruts. Now, the con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion of the stage and the wear and tear upon the grounds have caused us to change our lay­out again and has re­sulted in ven­dors with­draw­ing from the festival.

If an­other pro­posed ex­pan­sion (of an ad­di­tional 24 feet of gravel and ce­ment in front of the stage) is im­ple­mented, our event will lit­er­ally be squeezed out of the park. There­fore, we would ask the town of Taos to se­ri­ously con­sider re­vers­ing course on con­ver­sion of Kit Car­son Park into a large con­cert venue that de­stroys the char­ac­ter of Kit Car­son Park, and re­moves it from the reg­u­lar use of the cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors of Taos.

The 35th an­nual Taos Wool Festival takes place Oct. 6 and 7.

MERCE MITCHELL, Chair, Moun­tain & Val­ley Wool As­so­ci­a­tion

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