Committee Votes To Keep Fall Fest In Downtown Lawrenceburg
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – It’s settled. Lawrenceburg’s annual fall festival will remain a downtown event for at least one more year.
Eagle 99.3 reported Friday that Mayor Dennis Carr and the Lawrenceburg Fall Fest committee were considering moving the festival from downtown and up U.S. 50 to the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. The relocation was held up when three of the five city council members opposed to the relocation – Jane Pope, Mike Lawrence, and Aaron Cook – voted March 3rd to wait on paying Fall Fest-related claims.
That action by council was a key reason the Fall Fest Committee voted later Friday to keep the festival at Todd-Creech Park in 2014.
According to a release from City of Lawrenceburg marketing director Kelly Will, considerations to relocate the festival were fueled by growing public safety concerns.
“The committee’s conversations regarding moving the festival stemmed from its increasing popularity and its effect on traffic flow, adequate emergency evacuation routes from the music venue, proper regulation of large crowds, and limited access to the area,” Will said.
Will also indicated that there were mixed feelings from downtown business owners on the impact the festival has had on their businesses.
With the location settled, entertainment for the festival scheduled for September 25-27 was a main topic at Friday’s committee meeting. While no acts have been publicly announced, Will said the committee is pleased to have Hollywood Casino’s engagement in this year’s event.
A new Fall Fest website may also be announced soon, according to the city’s announcement.