Money Woes End WVa Jubilee Tradition

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Weston, W.Va. (AP) -- Dwindling attendance and funding woes have combined to spell the end for a 35-year-old tradition in Lewis County.

The Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee has been canceled after a run of more than three decades at West Virginia University-Jackson's Mill.

Debra Walker, president of the jubilee's board, says the group wasn't comfortable taking on more costs.

The jubilee already owes about $27,000 for past expenses.

The group had hoped for funds from the WVU Extension Service.

Spokeswoman Ann Berry says the service was willing to help with advertising and marketing, but not with a cash transfusion.

Walker says the board may revive the event in the future if corporate sponsors can be found.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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