Lawrenceburg Fall Fest May Happen At Fairgrounds
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lawrenceburg’s biggest festival could be moving out of downtown.
Each September, Lawrenceburg Fall Fest is held downtown. It began at the lot on the river levee at the corner of High and Walnut Streets. Two years ago with the start of construction of the Lawrenceburg Event Center & Hotel at that site, the festival was relocated to Todd-Creech Park and Walnut Street.
Now, Fall Fest may soon find another home at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. The topic took some members of city council by surprise at Monday’s meeting after councilman Aaron Cook questioned why the city paid for $50,000 in concrete renovations at the fairgrounds.
Mayor Dennis Carr stated that the new Fall Fest Committee would like to move the festival to the fairgrounds. City spokesperson Kelly Will said Thursday there has been no final decision by the committee on the matter.
“The public doesn’t want a Lawrenceburg Fall Fest at the Fairgrounds. The public wants Lawrenceburg Fall Fest in downtown Lawrenceburg,” said councilwoman Jane Pope.
Earlier in the meeting, council heard from downtown Lawrenceburg business owners who expressed a desire for more downtown foot traffic to support their shops. Councilman Mike Lawrence said taking Fall Fest away from downtown would do the opposite.
“We got a lot of people who say they don’t want it down there,” Carr explained.
In a show of opposition to the idea of relocating Fall Fest out of downtown, Pope, Lawrence, and Cook voted Monday to not pay claims relating to the festival. The action could put a hold on Fall Fest planning.
As far as I can see Fall Fest doesn't do anything for downtown business. Most close up shop during. The only ones that I see that stay open are the bars and it may give them a little more business but I don't think it is anything big. But, I really don't see the need to move it to the fair grounds. It is just one more attempt to take something that isn't broken and break it as far as I can see. It seems that the government of Lawrenceburg has gotten pretty good at that.
The first thing that needs to be done if they are wanting people to visit the business downtown is that they need to stay open on the weekends. Just a few do that, Most of them are only open for a few hours during the day then complain that no one shops downtown. You have to keep your business open for people to come there.
Fall Fest is supposed to draw people to the downtown area for the local businesses. If you move Fall Fest to the fairgrounds, you are defeating the purpose and you might as well not even have it. Doing away with the Fall Fest committee is the biggest mistake that has ever happened. When there is a committee, things are decided by a group. Everyone's ideas are thrown out there and a decision is made based on what is more important and what will benefit the majority of people. This is, yet another, bad decision.
Downtown - moving it to the fairgrounds will destroy the festival.
Fix the riverfront amphitheatre or build a new one with the conservancy district, move festival back up to high street. Don't tell me you can't do it because the event center either. Major cities put on festivals regularly while closing streets in front of major hotels, business.
I AM SERIOUSLY AGAINST THIS MOVE KEEP THE FALL FEST DOWNTOWN WHERE IT BELONGS IT'S JUST LIKE THE FARMER'S FAIR A TRADITION AND FOR US ONE'S WHO DO VOLUNTEER TO WORK THE FALL FEST IT HELPS US MAKE HONEST MONEY FOR OUR BILLS..
Personally I think Fall Fest should be held right were it was last year, down town Lawrenceburg
In a show of opposition to the idea of relocating Fall Fest out of downtown, Pope, Lawrence, and Cook voted Monday to not pay claims relating to the festival. !!!
I commend the above people for voting against this move!!!!!!!!!!!
You can't be a volunteer AND make money at the event. You volunteer for the event OR work the event. Volunteer= free. Work= paid.
All caps is considered SCREAMING on internet posts.
Posts should contain some type of punctuation. If you don't know how, there are plenty of resources on the internet to teach you. There is also plenty of help at the library and community center.
@TomDolan It would be a nightmare getting people out safely on the nights with big music acts at the fairgrounds though. Someone commented in the Facebook group about how bad it was getting out of the fairground after the Alabama show. And Marie brought up what happens when it's decided Fall Fest should be paying to get in like the 4H Fair did. Even with the entry fee getting you on rides for free at the 4H fair it wasn't worth it to us and we stopped going. We don't do rides and our 5 year old only has a few he likes.
@Birddog13 I agree with Birddog13, the three that voted to keep it downtown are on the right track. It is Lawrenceburg Fall Fest. Not Dearborn Co. Fall Fest. I Know the fairgrounds are in Lawrenceburg but it isn't a county function and moving it to the fairgrounds would still make it 'seem' like a county function.
@ScottLibbert Nobody cares to hear your point. If you can learn how to read this person was honestly saying that the people who volunteer for them helps the people that actually work there make more money to pay bills. So stop being negative and leave people alone do you not have anything better to do in life besides put people down or make them feel like crap?