web page consultants:
|02-15-03: Grand Fall Festival canceled due to cuts
|By NANCY ALLEN
The Daily Standard
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park is canceling its annual Grand Fall
Festival due to statewide budget cuts, park manager Craig Morton said Friday.
The popular September event has been held for the last five to six
years at the campground in Auglaize County to help boost campground attendance, but the
event has been costly, Morton said.
Morton said the event may return in the future if the park's
"The decision was made last week after speaking with our division
chief, members of the community, the Lake Development Corporation and the local convention
and visitor's bureau," he said. "It was to the point that we felt it was
something we really needed to do."
Morton said he has contacted festival vendors about the canceled event.
Vendor registration fees usually came close to covering the cost of
entertainment and some maintenance expenses but not employee overtime costs, Morton said.
In the past year the park has lost a full-time maintenance repair worker and an account
clerk due to budget cuts. The park also was recently informed that it will lose a seasonal
park officer position.
Morton said he is reluctant to schedule major events unless he has the
staff and budget available to conduct them properly.
The park still has many events scheduled for this season including the
Spring Fling on May 9-11, Campers Garage Sale on May 16-18, Christmas in July on
July 19-20 and the Halloween Campout in October. Numerous fishing tournaments and boating
events take place in the park each year along with special school programs and park
Morton also announced Friday the park already has received donated
funds to purchase one or two portable breath testing kits that park officers can use to
investigate incidents that occur on state land or on the lake where they think alcohol may
be involved. Morton first announced that the park wanted the breath testing kits last
week. He thanks the community for its quick response.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE DAILY STANDARD
(419)586-2371, Fax: (419)586-6271
All content copyright 2003
The Standard Printing
P.O. Box 140, Celina, OH