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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Summerfolk May Be Over

Owen Sound | by Manny Paiva  

GBFS says it needs to raise 25 thousand dollars by mid December to keep operating.

Summerfolk may never be held again in Owen Sound.

The Georgian Bay Folk Society says it needs to raise 25 thousand dollars before mid December if there is any hope of another Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival.

President Ruth Parsons reports the severe weather at this August's event had a devastating impact on revenue.

Parsons tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they also realized additional costs for equipment and gear to contend with the intense downpour and high winds.

Summerfolk 2011 did experience a modest increase in gate revenue -- but Parsons says it wasn't enough.

She tells us the additional costs and loss of revenue has impacted their ability to continue past December of this year.

The Georgian Bay Folk Society spends almost six thousand dollars a month for office rent, equipment storage, staff salary and administrative expenses.

Parsons says they have enough money to keep afloat until mid December -- but after that -- all operating funds will be exhausted.

She says 25 thousand dollars would enable them to continue until Spring, when government grants and sponsorship monies become available.

GBFS has initiated a number of donation drives and there is a Benefit Concert planned for November 5th at the Bayshore Community Centre.

Donations will be accepted at the Folk Society office on 2nd Avenue East in Owen Sound.


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