The show must go on, they say. That's not always the case, especially when organizers are completely dumbfounded by all the new public health rules which differ from state to state and from county to county, sometimes without rhyme or reason. The easiest thing to do when faced with potential lawsuits and exorbitant fines is to cancel the event, refund the vendor fees, and swallow the loss hoping things will get better next year.
That's exactly what happened with all of the big shows Buckaroo Bling was supposed to participate in this summer. We had big plans for June, July, and August, but all of them are now water under the bridge, and I'm trying to figure out how to get our bling in front of you, my readers and customers, during this curious summer of 2020.
So, the bad news first, then the good, and last but not least, something you can do to help.
If you've hoped to see Buckaroo Bling in person at the Artists & Craftsmen of the Flathead Summer Show at the fairgrounds in Kalispell, MT on June 26th, 27th and 28th, I'm sorry to tell you that the show's been cancelled. Instead, you can mosey on over to ACF Marketplace online, and shop the wares from all of your favorite artists and craftspeople virtually. Many of us offer flat rate shipping, free shipping, or free pickup and delivery in the local area.
Next, if you were planning to come to either The Event at Rebecca Farm vendor marketplace in Kalispell, MT on July 22nd-26th or the vendor and gear show at the 35th annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown on August 14th and 15th, both have been scrapped, too. Instead, you can shop Buckaroo Bling on our website or, soon, at Rodeo Marketplace. I'm still waiting to hear from Flathead County on the fate of this year's Northwest Montana Fair that's supposed to take place August 19th through the 23rd, and will tell you as soon as I know something. As of this posting, the Fair is still happening as scheduled.
Now, with all these cancellations and uncertainty, I need your help more than ever. I need to know what you'd want me to do to bring some fresh bling directly to you. I've been thinking of a few options, but if you come up with something else, pray do tell.
Choose one of the options above or send me your own ideas by clicking the button below or by adding a comment to this post. I'll tell you which ideas got the most votes and what I decide to do next month. Till then, enjoy the sunshine!