Extreme Weather Info
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Below you are going to find all the setup & check-in instructions for our markets. If you have any questions give us a call at 361-314-2226
Q: What to know about weather conditions when setting up a tent and using it.
A: Don’t fool with mother nature. That’s the first rule. Always be aware of your surroundings, be aware of the weather, and lastly, don’t ever think that just because today is a beautiful 70-degree day, tomorrow won’t be tornadoes, and wind storms, and hail. You have to prepare for the worst at all times.
What that means as far as tents go is to do proper staking, to make sure that your tent tops are tight, that any loose fabric is battened down, make sure that when you leave the tent site and the tent is installed that everything is secure as if there was a major storm on the horizon.
Q: What about how to secure a tent in high winds?
A: Wind can be a friend of a tent guy and it can be an enemy of a tent guy. On the enemy side of it, the wind will do a lot of destruction.
Our industry has been blessed with a lot of studies regarding wind and we’ve come to the conclusion that right around 38 miles an hour is when you want to discontinue the use of a tent.
That doesn’t mean that the tent’s going to blow down at 38 miles an hour but it gets you into a safe haven before the wind blows so the phrase that is commonly used it’s not how hard the wind blows, it’s what the wind blows that you need to be aware of.
Q: Should you take the tent sidewalls off in heavy winds?
A: As the wind hits a tent, it will do different things, sidewall on or sidewall off. The safest thing for the integrity of the attempt is to let the wind blow through. In other words, take the sidewall off.
You can imagine if you have tables set up with china, and linens, and floral, that’s probably not too practical so the second option is to make sure that everything is tight and that the sidewall is tight to the ground that it can’t flap. That way it’ll allow the wind to hit the sidewall and go up over the tent. But in prolonged wind storms, if you can’t take the tent down or abandon the tent – sidewall off, let the wind blow through.
Check In Info
Once you get to the market, if you know where your space is you can proceed to your space, unload & get all setup. If you do not know where your space is please call Tom @ 361-463-0125 or 361-314-2226 & he will direct you to your booth and get you checked in.
RV parking is assigned by Tom and you need to contact him @ 361-463-0125 or 361-314-2226 and he will show you to your spot.
If you need to leave early please discuss it with ACM Texas. If you leave without letting us know you will be charged a $50 fee to the credit card on file.
Make sure you pick up your trash daily and use the provided trash cans throughout the market. There will be a trash disposal fee of $20 if at the end of the market when we are going around cleaning and we see any zip ties, cigarette butts, bottle caps, or any other personal trash items in your booth space.
Be Kind & Courteous to customers and your fellow vendors.
We do see roughly 10,000 customers a weekend so please do not leave your booth unattended, we do not want you to lose any products while attending our market. If you do need to leave for a moment ask a neighbor or give us a call and let us know so we are aware.
There are porta a potties in the center of the market and a bathroom facility near the beach park, please do your best to keep those clean when you use them.