Wool festival in peril
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