Events to be added to 3NMarket

Published 12:02 am Friday, October 25, 2013

A proposal to grow Three Notch Market to a three-day festival featuring multiple events and big-name entertainment was scaled back a bit in a community meeting Thursday night at city hall.

Curtis Simpson had proposed that civic organizations in the county plan fundraisers around the Andalusia Junior Woman’s Club’s annual Three Notch Market, an arts and crafts event on the grounds of Springdale.

Representatives of the Scottish Rite, Shriners, Humane Society, LAAC, Rotary Club, Junior Woman’s Club, Interagency Council, Meredith’s Miracles, and Andalusia Manor were among the approximately 15 people who attended the meeting.

They came with notions of what their organizations could do to grow the event, and big ideas.

Simpson proposed having “big name” entertainment for the event, and having civic clubs commit to buy or sell a percentage of the tickets. Asked how organizers would fund the up-front costs, he said it was his hope that the city would underwrite it, with commitments from clubs to sell the tickets.

Mayor Earl Johnson, who attended the meeting, said an entertainment contract could range from $5,000 to $50,000.

“That’s a significant undertaking as far as a commitment from folks,” he said. “The council is not going to commit to spending $30,000 to $40,000.”

Johnson encouraged those in attendance to “pare this thing down to something we think we can do and be super successful.”

“People will see that and want to tag on,” he said. “It just gets bigger and bigger. Be we’ve got to walk before we can run.”

Doug Sorrells, who represented the Scottish Rite and Shriners, said he already has support for hosting hot air balloon rides as a fundraiser.

Debra Evans, representing the Humane Society, said her organization wants to have a petting zoo type event at its new home on Pearl Street.

Barbara Tyler said LAAC would do something on the front sidewalk or back parking lot of its East Three Notch gallery.

There also is interest in having a car show to coincide with the Market.

Tara Dalton, representing AJWC, said the group has no plans to expand its arts and crafts show beyond the one-day event it currently hosts.

“We are excited about the prospect of a large festival around us,” she said.

A steering committee is expected to be developed in the next few weeks.