2009 IE-CFM History
Images of the 2009 Event below !
Our first annual Inland Empire Coral Farmers MarketSM event was a great success. The event occurred right after a very slow 2009 summer business season and after a two week hot weather period. We did get a slight break from the very hot temps during the coral show. We offered free attendance to the public to boost participation for the large amount of vendors that setup up booths. The event was vendor sold out for 6 months. We passed out door prize tickets to everyone that came through the front door to attend the event. The total number of door prize tickets passed out was 402. We believe that the free tickets allowed a greater amount of whole family participation. The total number of vendor tickets, based on booth rental, was 83. Total grand attendance for the event was 485. This was the first Coral Farmers MarketSM event to break 400 and we got close to 500. Max capacity for the event ball room is 589. Next year we will move the raffles and auctions forward 1 hour, since the event ballroom was primarily jammed for about the first hour. That probably was the cause of our raffle and auction sales to be below average for this size of a crowd. Coral sales for the vendors was about average or below average for a Coral Farmers MarketSM event. Some vendors did good, some did average and some had weak sales. We believe that the prevailing economic conditions were the primary cause of these sales figure. Operationally the event was completely flawless. We would like to thank the Inland Empire Marine Aquarium Society for their superb efforts with installing and breaking down our infrastructure. The CFM's new and improved audio system also worked very well within this large ballroom. It appears that the Inland Empire Coral Farmers MarketSM company may just break even for this event once all the income and expenses are calculated. That is good for a first year company during these economic conditions. We will have to work on raising revenue during our second annual event in 2010. We will probably start assessing small fees to vendors that setup more then one display tank within a vendor booth.
IE-CFM and CFM Staff
Inland Empire Coral Farmers MarketSM Images
(Images copyright of Inland Empire Coral Farmers MarketSM unless otherwise noted.)
We would like to thank the following companies or individuals who have donated either products or services to the 2009 Inland Empire Coral Farmers MarketSM event. These companies and individuals help to make this event a success !
SPS Coral Store