SPRINGVILLE—The Western New York Dairy and Agriculture Fest will not take place in 2018, the committee announced last week. Due to an increase in the festival size and a lack of area space to host it, the committee pulled the plug on this year’s event.
“We looked at all these places … 11 in total,” Festival Chairwoman Joan Taylor said. “We can’t get everything together in one spot.”
In 2017, the Springville-Griffith Institute High School hosted the event, but a capital project scheduled this year will have the area torn up. The committee also looked at the middle school, Main Street, Franklin Street, the Main Street Fire Hall, Gentner’s Auction and the municipal parking lot. The Senior Center and the new Emerling Dodge Dealership on South Cascade were also looked at as possible sites.
Everything from Department of Transportation restrictions and requirements for Jersey barriers to close Main Street, to the week of set-up required for the festival all aided in the decision to cancel this year.
“There just isn’t enough room,” Taylor said. “The committee visited 11 areas, but none offered all the flat space to accommodate all our events, including parking and parade needs.”
This year would have marked the 30th year of the festival and while the committee is moving forward with the 2019 event, Taylor said the most important thing is to get the word out. Letting the public know the reason for the cancellation of the 2018 festival and the plans to continue in 2019 are among her main concerns right now.
“Knowledge will get us through to next year,” Taylor said. “We have to let people know what’s going on. We need [the community] to come back next year.
“I’m just hoping and praying they understand … and trust us,” she said. “We’ve been doing this for 30 years. We’ll be back.”
The 2019 is already set for May 31, June 1 and 2 at the high school.