Monday, January 23, 2023

Columbia Borough Council debates whether to charge business for hosting fair at Columbia River Park

When: Columbia Borough Council meeting, Jan. 10.

What happened: Council members voted to table a request from a business that wants to hold a craft fair for profit on borough property Oct. 21.

Details: The Shank Shoppe, a Marietta craft and fair marketing company, plans The Bust/Makers/ Market & Food Festival at Columbia River Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shank will charge participants who operate booths or food trucks $100 each and estimates the event will draw about 2,000 visitors.

Reactions: Council members first want to find out the October 2023 dates for two well-known Columbia events — The Albatwitch Festival and a craft show from The Women of the Moose — to make sure no gatherings overlap.

Finance: Council also discussed whether it should charge for-profit entities for help supplied for events on borough property. Nonprofit concerns usually pay nothing for services, such as police protection.

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