After much thought and discussion, the Black Hills Fiber Arts Fair, LLC (BHFAF, LLC) made a business decision to dissolve.
Several things came into play:
1)Post-fair evaluations favored a venue other than the Dahl Arts Center. We researched other venues that would serve our purposes for vendors and classes and found the Pennington County Fair Grounds to be the best fit. Unfortunately, the rent is over double of the Dahl requiring the BHFAF to raise vendor fees from $95 to $238.50. Class fees would also raise accordingly.
2)With the success of the 2014 show and expanded advertising for the 2015 show, we believed that we would develop larger participant numbers (especially locally) and more interest in classes. Unfortunately, that did not transpire.
3) Interweave Press held their first yarn/fiber fest the weekend prior to BHFAF. They had great numbers despite a blizzard and high booth and hotel fees.
4) Six local/regional vendors are closing their businesses and several other vendors stated they would not be back.
All funds donated by the Clarkson Family Foundation have been returned in full. We are very grateful for their generous and critical support.
The committee is proud of the shows we provided for you and our efforts to bring the fiber community together to introduce a broad range of techniques and talented people. We thank the vendors, instructors, volunteers and participants for two years of support and fun.
The Black Hills Fiber Arts Fair provides a venue to support the independent fiber producer, showcase and market the work of artists and artisans, inspire, and educate our community.