New Date • New Location
CIRCUS McGURKIS : 2018
RIDE THE PEACE WAVE
A PEOPLE'S FAIR
CELEBRATING PEACE EDUCATION, DIVERSITY,
& COMMUNITY ACTIVISM
SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2018
At Gibbs High School
850 34th Street So., ST. PETERSBURG FL 33711
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All service, advocacy and non-profit groups are invited to register to set up a booths that focus on education and creative interactions. We want the booths to give people something to do! If your group can’t think of anything except giving out literature , ask us for help! How about a jigsaw puzzle with a meaningful quote? It’s easy!
You may sell goods at your table, find a vendor to pair with you or ask us to help you find a pair as long as the goods meet the vending criteria.
All vendors must be paired with a non-profit group and all sales items as far as possible must be made by hand, using sustainable or up-cycled materials, be made locally, or come from a reputable fair trade organization.
More About Circus McGurkis
WHO ARE WE? Circus McGurkis is an alternative peoples’ fair focusing on peace education and service to the community with special focus on activities for children and families of all ages and types. It features arts, crafts, music, games and ideas which celebrate the creativity and activism that makes our community a more beautiful, loving and just place to live.
It is an expression of belief in the dignity and worth of each person and in the power of love and nonviolence to bring about change.
The Quakers Circus McGurkis Steering Committee includes volunteers from the LUCC Lakewood United Church of Christ and community organizers from the social justice, interfaith and environment sectors who are also dedicated to bringing peace and co-existence to the world.
VENDORS: There will be no fees for any of the spaces and only vendors who have agreed to pair with a non-profit will be invited. If you are a vendor and would like to support the cause of an advocacy group with 20% (or more!) of your sales, you may encourage your favorite cause to have a booth or we will help you find one of our non-profits without a pair that needs to raise money. Just ask--we will work with you. We are flexible!
PAIRING: There will be no fees for any of the booths except the food vendors, who will be invited by the Circus Committee. (Donations will be gratefully accepted. $25 suggested if possible.) All spaces are 10’x10’ and will be run by service, advocacy and non-profit groups who may raise funds by selling merchandise and/or pairing with a vendor who will display in or right next to their space. Vendors must contribute a minimum of 20% of their sales to the non-profit with whom they pair.
WHAT CAN THE NON-PROFITS AND THEIR VENDORS SELL? All sales items, as far as possible, must be made by hand using sustainable or up-cycled materials, be made locally, or come from a reputable fair trade organization.
VOLUNTEERS: If you love Circus McGurkis and want to contribute to the Spirit that makes it happen, please donate your time and money. Please sign up to volunteer. Before the Fair we need help contacting and signing up the booths and putting fliers around. The day of the Fair, we need help with the T-shirts, plants, baked goods and arty stuff at the Circus McGurkis table.
ENTERTAINMENT: We love storytellers, acoustic musicians, magicians, drummers (bring your own drums), belly dancers, fire eaters, dancers, acrobats and all kinds of folks who want to lead creative events (yoga, parades, poetry readings, art projects, etc.) Sadly, there are no honorariums, but of course, you can pass the hat.
There will also be a Drum Circle at 1:00 PM. Bring your drums and rattles. No experience necessary.
SPONSORSHIPS/DONATIONS: Circus McGurkis is operating mostly on what was left over from last year’s donations after we paid all our bills. The 2018 donations will pay for the High School rental, the security staff , publicity and Special events (labyrinth, art table etc) and all the set up art. We will be pairing with some vendors and asking for donations at our Circus McGurkis table. We are suggesting at least $25 from the non-profit groups if possible.
"The School Board of Pinellas County, FL is neither sponsoring nor affiliated with this event."
Circus McGurkis began in 1971 as a people’s fair for artists and progressive voices protesting the Vietnam War and nuclear power, championing the Women’s Movement and guarding the environment.
Many of the original organizers were Quakers and the event came under the direction of the St. Petersburg Meeting who produced it for decades. Artists and organizations set up booths and tents to help educate those attending about their various missions. Over the years the festival became a homecoming for people involved in a wide range of social justice issues.