Parkville Towne Center Fair Moved to Saturday

The 28th annual fair will be the first not held on a Sunday afternoon.

After 27 years being held on a Sunday in September, the Parkville Towne Centre Fair is in for a change.

The long-running street festival will be held on a Saturday this year for the first time.

The Parkville-Carney Business Professional Association announced the change recently through their Facebook page, and on posters like the one you see in the photo attached to this article.

Business association president Michael Tull said moving the fair to Saturday would elimate competition with the Baltimore Ravens schedule.

"With the fair on Sunday, if there was a Ravens home game, or if there was a game on, people wanted to be home to watch that game," Tull said. "We're trying to grow the fair and highlight the area."

Greater Parkville Community Council president Ruth Baisden told Patch she thinks the change is positive, although the community group didn't play a role in the decision.

"The fair has always competed with the Ravens opening game and when the game started people would clear out," Baisden said. "I think moving to Saturday will be good for the fair."

Not everyone is happy about the change though. Collectors Corner owner Randy Myers told Patch in a phone interview that he thought the move might negatively impact his business.

"Sunday made sense since most of the businesses are closed," Myers said. "I'm going to lose business."

Myers expanded on that idea in a post on the association's Facebook page.

"[It's a] bad idea to be on Saturday without consideration for Business who's customers base may not be able to park near the store or even make it in. Sunday is great since many are closed though not my own, so instead of hoping that festival traffic replaces income lost from the fair we could have add on sales. Consultation with vital business in Parkville would have been nice before moving it to a Saturday," he wrote.


What do you think about the move? Should the fair be held on Saturday or Sunday? Tell us in the comments.

Ruth Baisden July 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM
When the fair began (28 years ago) its purpose was to showcase the businesses on Harford Road, similar to a sidewalk sale. We need to think how to better showcase our existing businesses like Collectors Corner the day of the fair. I encourage Patch readers to come out to the fair and continue to support local Harford Road Businesses.
John Panzer July 20, 2012 at 01:03 PM
When Just Audio first moved to Harford Road we had a table set up right in front of our shop. People would say, "Where are you located?". We would turn around and say, "right here". The fair showcases the vendors not the businesses, seems as if people won't look passed the booths. We do a big business on Saturday, this will hurt. But we will be open none the less and still encourage the fair.
Randy Myers July 20, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Agreed, CC and Just Audio are two of many business's i have spoken with about this that are extremely upset about this move to a Saturday. Lack of parking on a prime day, the crowds will lose us irreplaceable income. Working around football season it seems was the primary reason for this, not consideration for business's that have served Parkville for over a decade. All business's especially those in the immediate fair area should have bee consulted personally before a decision this major was agreed upon. If you want small business to promote community and stay in the area don't exclude them from important changes like this. Not all of us can attend meetings, so i found out when the vendor space email came out. Saturday is prime day for retailers and guys like Just Audio too, customers need to be able to get to the store. I hope this is not the shape of things to come.
Randy Myers July 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Agreed, Sunday is add on sales from the fair, Saturday is going to lose us a whole prime day. Seems it's no big deal to those without a business to run.
Rocco Rotondo July 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I think these buisness owners are right.They should have been put on notice about the change. Myself I always left the fair to watch the Ravens It was eiher the Fair or the Ravens. I like Saturday myself.
Ray Berkemeier July 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM
"Saturday, 1st time in over 25 years! If the purpose is to highlight and showcase the businesses, it's a great idea! If it was to cater to the needs of the vendors because of conflicts with Raven's games, then the businesses affected should have been notified before a decision was announced publicly. Last year (and almost every year) a large percentage of the businesses were closed either because they are normally closed on Sunday, or they closed for I don't know what reason, because I spent a good part of the day visiting the local businesses. And I spent money on them too."
Ray Berkemeier July 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
And then they scheduled it for Saturday Sep 8th????? Look at the Raven's schedule. This is why the local businesses should be upset. BAD excuse for a POOR decision. Come to think about it, whether a good or bad decision; it should have been made with input from all the businesses affected. Mon, Sep 10 vs Cincinnati 7:00 PM and Sun, Sep 23 vs New England 8:20 PM. Somebody did not do their homework.
Chris McDermott July 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I can understand some businesses being upset.My particular business is just outside the fair line,I'm not open on Saturdays, and foot traffic is the smallest portion of my business so this really does not effect me. If it was Sunday, I'm sure the couple churches would be wondering how the congregation would get to church and probably wouldn't be happy about it. Point being, not everyone will agree any given day/date/ or time. One of the main purposes of the PCBA is to promote / showcase the locals businesses. I'm positive the date move was not meant to upset anyone. The general meetings are held for local business/community leaders to attend,be involved and voice opinions on topics such as this one. I also understand being too busy to attend them all. But this is why they have open meetings (no one excluded). I'd have to imagine it would be easier for them to have businesses attend the meetings and give their input, rather then them write to every business, and correspond or stop in every business and get input. They too have jobs and businesses to run. This is just my 2 cents. I hope everyone involved has a successful day.
Homer July 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Relax- At least the Parville Town Fair is in PARKVILLE , The PH town fair is now in Middle River - Geesh
Parkvillefriend July 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Perhaps your business should consider joining the PCBA and attend the meetings to give your input on the decisions regarding the fair. Something tells me it was discussed in their meetings and since the association is there to support and help prosper the business community, why aren't you involved? Taking action in your community is a choice.
Mary July 25, 2012 at 07:48 PM
This will be our first year at Got Tan. Saturday is a busy day for us but we are going to try and compensate by getting on the street and using the opportunity to get the word out that we are more than tanning beds. We now do airbrush tans and infrared body wraps. We will be doing henna tattoos and have some fun giveaways and we are doing a raffle- looking forward to it. We are also offering some fair specials through Monday so we might make up for the business we lose on Saturday. Should be fun!


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