Message from the President & CEO
Late last week, we made the devastating announcement to cancel the October Street Faire and Wicked Wine Stroll. It was not a decision we made lightly, in fact we tried to think of numerous alternatives (including different locations, fencing to control crowds, less vendors, etc.). But none of the alternatives seemed to provide a comprehensive solution to the issues we would face. All of this planning was in the event the state of California allowed festivals, fairs, gatherings of that magnitude to resume, and as of this morning, San Joaquin County is still listed under the "widespread" designation by the state and events are not allowed (even outdoors).
What most people fail to realize is that the Chamber- like the 75% of our membership - is a small business. We have been impacted along with all of you- loss of revenue, reduced staff time, and cut hours. Our staff have been working diligently to continue our mission of being a 3 C Chamber- a catalyst, a convener, and a champion for Lodi. We felt that it would be extremely negligent of us for attempt to hold these events against state and county edicts, forcing liability on us and our vendors. The safety of our community, volunteers, staff, and vendors is our top priority. This year has been extremely difficult across all industries, and we are extremely disappointed we couldn't provide a revenue source to our vendors and small businesses who routinely attend the Street Faire.
Vendors for the Street Faire- there are two options we can provide you. 1. You may transfer your registration to the May 2021 or October 2021 Street Faire or 2. Receive a refund (minus an administration fee). You can email your decision to Karen Alvarez at KAlvarez@LodiChamber.com. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Lodi is a strong community and we can make it through this TOGETHER.