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The company also enjoys work for local
events such as the Santa Clarita Cowboy
Festival (canceled this year). The event
features music, a chili cook-off, line dancing
and hatchet throwing-and requires lots
of tents.
A local home and garden show is another
favorite project, that requires creating
the layout, providing tent and canopy
rentals, and dealing with individual vendors.

Challenges and changes
Since Parr began working in the industry
full time in 1981, he's witnessed growth-
particularly in the size of tents. Though the
company's largest tent today is only 60 feet
wide, at one time it would have had to subrent those from a larger operation. More
independent stores are carrying larger
structures today, he reports. He also notes
more demanding tenting regulations,

which occasionally prompts the company
to turn down certain jobs. "If it's an allinclusive event, we will jump through the
hoops. But if all they want is a tent somewhere outside of our service area, it's not
worth it."
What's next for A V Party Rentals is
not yet clear. The company was poised
for a promising year, but with COVID-19,
most events were postponed or canceled.
"The biggest challenge is the public's
con¤Éidence in getting back together. Until
that happens, the event industry is at a
standstill." Still, Parr and his team are
choosing to hang onto the promise of a
better tomorrow. "We were optimistic.
And we still are ... we just don't know when
that optimism will pay off."

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Cathy Broberg is a writer and editor who lives
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