Fall Festival loses at least $2,000

Published 11:43 am Monday, October 3, 2011

From left: Madison Drake, 8, of Carrsville gets cat whiskers painted on her face by Southampton High School junior Kayla O'Rourke.

FRANKLIN—Downtown Franklin Association lost $2,000 to $3,000 on Friday night’s rainout of the Franklin Fall Festival block party.

DFA Executive Director Dan Howe said Monday the forecast looked good until the block party started at 6 p.m.

“It’s tough because nobody projected this,” Howe said. “They were only calling for a 15 percent chance of rain.”

Howe said he had not run the numbers yet and did not know a specific total on the amount of money lost because of the rain event.

Only 150 showed for the evening. Half had complimentary sponsor tickets and did not have to pay the $3 admission fee. The low turnout was disappointing because with Band of Oz performing, the organization had planned for a turnout of 1,500 to 2,000.

“It’s one thing for DFA to lose money on the event, but the saddest thing is we couldn’t hold the event and allow people in the community to enjoy it.”

Since the band had set up outside, the event was not moved indoors. DFA has never purchased event insurance.

“I don’t even know how much insurance is,” Howe said. “It may be something to investigate.”

The band didn’t play, but fireworks were shot off at 8:30 p.m.

The Fall Festival along with the We Be Jammin’ concert series helps pay for some of the organization’s free events, like the annual Easter egg hunt. The Fall Festival loss will hopefully not affect any of these events, but would affect the organization’s operating reserves, Howe said.

About 2,000 attended Saturday’s street festival.

“Saturday was a nice fall day,” Howe said. “From what we can tell, the vendors did very well.”