Festival Committees Working with Tight Budget

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Because of the recession, families may be looking for less expensive ways to have summer fun, and of course attending festivals and fairs is a good way to save some cash.

However, some of the annual festivals in the Mid-Ohio Valley are also having to cut back.

"We will probably either have to eliminate our fireworks show, or cut it way back," Tammy Collins, marketing director for Parkersburg's Homecoming Festival, said.

Every August the event brings hundreds of folks back to the area, but this year they're dealing with a tight budget that might affect the festival's main attraction.

"I hear people say all the time, 'that's the only thing we come to see during homecoming,' and I think, 'oh that's a problem.' red flag, if that's the only thing you're coming to see then we're not doing something right," Collins said.

Across the river in Marietta, the Sternwheel Festival is also tightening the purse strings, but Mayor Michael Mullen says the fireworks show must go on.

"The fireworks has been such a part of our Sternwheel Festival. It's tradition," Mayor Mullen said.

Collins is hoping to bring new traditions to the Homecoming Festival. She says by including more local organizations, the event could save money and help the community.

"Wouldn't it be nice if when you come home you could see people who were raising money for the band boosters, or raising money for the athletic organizations around town," she said.

A plan that would benefit the homecoming committee and the entire city.


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  • by Tammi Collins Location: Mineral Wells on Mar 4, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    I must set the record straight about this interview; the crux of what I was saying was edited out. I did suggest that we charge for certain events, and to add new ones and allow the community to get more involved; non-profit organizations, other event organizations, as well as small businesses; editing has a lot to do with how an interview comes across, as most people know. I was extremely dissatisfied with the editing, as it was NOT a good representation of what I had said. With all due respect to Mr./Ms. Anonymous, I understand the concern about cancelling the fireworks, our committee doesn't want to, nor do I, but getting the crowds there "just" for fireworks is not going to pay the bills and it is absurd to think that it will; there must be more to attract families and bring folks back. In addition to the other comment about my title, it may come as a surprise to you that 501 (c) 3 organizations do have titles; President, and so on, that was the title they gave me last year.
  • by tdb Location: Parkersburg on Mar 2, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    More major entertainment like last years Eddie Money concert will bring more people in, I came in from Virginia last year to see that before moving back. I know people from all over the coutry who travel hundreds of miles to see Rick Springfield every year. Last year at Busch Gardens he drew 3,000 people a night.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Boy...Ms. Collins doesn't really know what she's talking about. If the only thing people come to the homecoming is for the fireworks, then that is ok, becaues you got them there. Why do you think people only go to a certain resturant, because they have the food that they like. She's not the right peson to be speaking for the homecoming committee anyway. She is only a volunteer and calls herself a "Director". Charge admisssion to the homecoming and charge folks to park their lawn chairs in the main stage area. That will raise the money that they need. If you keep giving things away for free, you won't last much longer.
  • by Michael Location: rockport wv on Mar 1, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    times are tough!! i dont give money to sports, band, i give it to people with cancer and other medical problems. we shouldnt give money to sports. give it to children thats in the classroom! look at other countrys that are ahead of us. they learn more in the classroom! americans are spoiled.we cry when we dont get our way. michael dowler
  • by anoynomous Location: P-burg on Mar 1, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    Yea, go ahead and cut the fireworks and see how much longer the homecoming lasts... THATS THE DUMBEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD, the homecoming is nothing without fireworks. THere isnt anything else worth going for.
  • by aok? Location: ohio on Mar 1, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    someone is not thinking right. Why you take away the thing that brings our people back home. it is jobs that has taken people out of the country and now somthing that everyone enjoys you want to take away. Someone neds to put 2 plus 2 together. What is there that we have for our children young and old to enjoy that is clean and respectful. If this happens more families will take it upon themselves for fireworks and less people will come back home, do we really want to lower our people
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