A Message to our Exhibitors – Thank you for being a part 2020 Maine Flower Show. As you know, we had to cancel the show due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus. The health and safety of you and our guests are of the utmost importance. As disappointed as you are, that disappointment is even greater for us. Members of the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association have invested literally thousands of hours preparing for this show.
We have also invested well over $100,000 dollars in “sunk costs” – costs which we are not able to recover, nor put towards future shows. On the other hand, we are morally obligated to return nearly every single dollar of income to date. This includes yours. This has placed us in financial peril.
I will lay bare the financial facts. As of March 13 when we canceled, we had limited funds in our account from the 2020 MFS – nearly 2/3 of our budgeted income is from at-the-door ticket sales. If everyone demands their refund, we will need to pay out significantly more than we have on hand.
To do that would cause the death of all future Maine Flower Shows – and your opportunity to thrive at future shows. If everyone demands their refunds now, everyone will get about 20% of the money they have paid in.
We are planning on proceeding with the 2021 Maine Flower Show. However, we must recover our 2020 debt for a 2021 show to be feasible.
The Maine Flower Show is diligently working to raise the money to pay off all obligations–including your refund. Many advanced ticketholders have donated the cost of their ticket, instead of taking a refund. We will shortly unveil plans to market a “No Go” ticket, where people can purchase a ticket to not attend the 2020 MFS, thereby ensuring the continuation of future shows.
We will also be pursuing government grants and loans to help recover our debt.
We are asking you to consider how you may help ensure future Maine Flower Shows. Please select from the following options:
We will begin sending refunds, at the percentage of funds we have on hand, every 2 weeks beginning April 17. Example: If we have $30,000 on hand for refunds and total refunds are $100,000, then everyone will receive 30% of their refund requested. We will reallocate every 2 weeks as we raise money to pay our debts, until all money is refunded.
Please submit the above form by April 15.
Maine Landscape & Nursery Association