NM balloon fiesta vendors seek contract change

July 31, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of food vendors is trying to renegotiate lower rent for an annual hot-air balloon fiesta to keep food prices from rising.

The group plans to meet Monday with officials for [auth] the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The vendors are unhappy with a new contract that requires them to turn over 30 percent of their total sales for the October event or pay a fixed rental fee, whichever is higher.

The vendors are seeking a two-week extension on their contract deadline while they pursue a compromise.

Balloon Fiesta board member Jim Garcia tells the Albuquerque Journal ( ) that he’s unsure the contract can be changed. He defends it as fair but says the officials will listen to the vendors’ concerns.

Florida-based Ovation Food Services now manages the fiesta’s food vendors.

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