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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 10:35 AM
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18. I don't think anyone is 'afraid' of crowds who goes to Art Fair
It's a matter of courtesy. You cram the streets full of booths of fragile objects and then they're flooded with people who have no consideration for others. I know someone who was knocked flat by one of those gigantic strollers because the person pushing it wasn't paying attention and knocked this woman off the curb. She wound up with two badly bruised, skinned knees and a broken wrist and the woman didn't even apologize. They steer these behemoths into booths and crash into shelves which is upsetting to the artists who, after all, are there to make a living. When their work is destroyed by carelessness it's huge.

As far as pets go, if the AF were on a big grassy field with plenty of shade and water for the dogs and a place for them to run, sure go for it. But this is on city streets that are very hot and hard on their paws, people break glass (not on purpose, it just happens) and pets can get cut, there is food that's very bad for a dog spilled all over the place that they try to lick up, and the air at their level is very close. I've seen so many poor dogs panting miserably at this event.

I guess my point is there are places to take huge strollers and dogs and there are places where it's not a good idea. That doesn't make me anti-crowd; in fact I love the AF and usually my SO buys me a lovely piece of jewelry there so it's definitely worth my while!
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