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Renaissance Faire not banking on Meyers

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Organizers of the Renaissance Faire are considering the possibility of having the festival at Camp Richardson Resort like in years past.

The news came out Wednesday at the Meyers Roundtable community meeting. Organizers of the popular event are in the process of applying for permits to have the fair, which would be on three consecutive weekends in June, at the Tahoe Pine Campground in Meyers.

But the process has been expensive and lengthy thus far requiring two traffic studies. El Dorado County Planning Department is not scheduled to make a decision on its permit until it conducts a public hearing May 22. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is also expected review a permit application for the event when its Governing Board meets May 28.

“There was consideration of going back to Camp Rich,” said Jay Kniep, a consultant for Tahoe Events, the company producing the fair. “That hasn’t been finalized. Right now this is the way we’re going — having it at the (Meyers) campground.”

An e-mail sent to the Tallac Association on Tuesday, though, indicates that Tahoe Events has approached Camp Richardson Resort about scaling back the fair from three weekends to two so it can be held at Camp Rich. In the past, the event has been held at Camp Rich on two weekends.

“We saw it was becoming a real financial stretch with no guarantees for success and we were still going through the permitting process,” wrote Steve Bailey, of Tahoe Events. “We did not yet have an ‘official’ go ahead from anybody. We then talked to Camp Richardson about the ‘possibility’ of remaining there. They said they would love to have us as long as TRPA and Forestry Service approved.”

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Also during the meeting Wednesday, Roundtable Chairwoman Sue Yang informed the 50 or so people who attended that no decision has been made regarding the regulation of the outdoor display of wooden bears. Results of a survey circulated to residents indicates that a proposal to attach a bearville theme to Meyers is considered to be a good idea.

Dennis Crabb, the attorney representing business owners who display wooden bears and other goods along Highway 50, was not at the meeting. But Yang said the Roundtable expects to receive another proposal from Crabb that would limit the area that wooden bears and other goods could be displayed along Highway 50.

Whatever agreement is reached, Yang said the Roundtable wants to get it resolved before the summer business season begins.