New Date • New Location • No Fees

CIRCUS McGURKIS : 2018

RIDE THE PEACE WAVE

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A PEOPLE'S FAIR

CELEBRATING PEACE EDUCATION, DIVERSITY,

& COMMUNITY ACTIVISN

SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2018  

10am-4pm

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 focuses 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 as 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.

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.

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!

WHAT CAN THE NON-PROFITS AND THEIR VENDORS SELL? All sales items, as far as possible, must be made by hand using sustainable or upcycled materials, be made locally, or come from a reputable fair trade organization.

In addition to arts and crafts, you may also vend (or give away) literature and books,  plants and fresh vegetables, garden art, herbal potions and soaps, gems and minerals, jewelry, clothing, artwork or services(health screenings, massage, readings,  etc.)  Circus is not a flea market. If you want something not listed, please check.

ENTERTAINMENT: We love storytellers, acoustic musicians, magicians, drummers, 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 you will receive a Circus McGurkis T-shirt and, of course, you can pass the hat.

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.

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.

Limited Space:

REGISTER SOON!!!!

REGISTRATION   DEADLINE

October 1st, 2018

Performers  please register on the entertainment form(make it live please). Contact us by E-Mail   QuakerCircusMcGurkis@gmail.com

Once you are approved we will contact you and give you a time to perform.

What to include on the form: Include contact name, e-mail,  phone and description  Please indicate if you are a volunteer, a non-profit who wants to pair with a vendor or need help with a creative project for your table or a vendor who wants to pair with a non-profit.  We will be glad to post a link to all participating groups and vendors on this web page and on our Facebook page when you sign up.

Registering does not guarantee you a space on the program.  By Sept 1st you will receive an invitation and directions for set up if you are chosen.

All drummers and buskers welcome.

Drum Circle 1:00 PM

Food Booth Registering a Food Booth does not guarantee you a space.  Invitations will be issued by Sept 1. You will receive an invitation and directions for set up if you are chosen.

"The School Board of Pinellas County, FL is neither sponsoring nor affiliated with this event."

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  TA! DA!   Circus McGurkis is restored and reinvented!

TA! DA!

Circus McGurkis is restored and reinvented!

 We celebrate diversity!

We celebrate diversity!

 Family Fun For Everyone!

Family Fun For Everyone!

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 Spinning Tales!

Spinning Tales!

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.

 Peace ribbons blowing above the labyrinth walkers in 2015. For more images check out our photo gallery. If you have some great old ones that are hard copies, please snap some cell photos and e-mail them to us for our archives.   

Peace ribbons blowing above the labyrinth walkers in 2015. For more images check out our photo gallery. If you have some great old ones that are hard copies, please snap some cell photos and e-mail them to us for our archives.