Festival booth rental causes controversy
By 05/01/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - A dispute occured Saturday, April 26 at the Ferris Brick Festival when event-planners said Danny Sat-terwhite, council-members Victor Bur-nettt and Jessie Her-nandez used spaces meant to be rented for this year's event.
Danny Satter-white allowed Ferris City Councilmen Victor Burnett and Jesse Hernandez to set up in front of his office and residence at 205 Fifth St. during the brick festival to hand out free BBQ.
Satterwhite donated all the BBQ meat - about $200 worth by his esti-
'I donate and do stuff for the city all the time.' Satterwhite said. 'Just out of the goodness of my heart.'
Festival coordinators were upset with Satterwhite for not paying for a booth to set up the smoker on Fifth St.and they said it was unfair to other booths for Burnett and Hernandez to disturbute free food while other vendors needed to profit from sales.
Festival planners contend the smoker took the spot from the American Red Cross Bloodmobile was to be parked.
He said festival planners planned on parking the bloodmobile on a slant.
'You can not set up there. You have to be on level ground there (where the bloodmobile was supposed to be parked). It's not level ground. You can't park on a slant,' Satterwhite said.
'I can take my pit and park in front of my residence. Nobody told me they were going to use Fifth Street,' Satterwhite said. 'They (Burnett and Hernandez) were on a campaign mission.'
Burnett was informed of the problem and paid $25 for using the area in question.
'I didn't know the booths would be over there [on Fifth Street],' said Burnett.
Booths are rented to businesses so they might sell their goods and services to visitors.
Downtown businesses around the square could rent booths for $25, food booths typically go for $35 and some food/game booths cost $50.