The first Georgetown Rocks the Equinox Festival had a shortfall of about $5,000 when all the numbers were added and subtracted.
But $5,100 was raised for the beneficiary of the event, Tara Hall Home For Boys.
The festival was held on Sept. 20 on Front Street in Georgetown.
Al Joseph, president of the Georgetown Business Association which organized the event, said the news was not a huge shock and they plan to hold another music festival next year.
“For first year events, it is not out of the norm to have a shortfall,” Joseph said. “We still think the festival was a great success and we are looking forward to 2013 and being in the black next year.”
He added that the GBA surveyed each of the Front Street merchants after the music festival and they will use that information for next year’s event.
“I don’t foresee any major changes next year,” Joseph said.
In a written statement, Joseph said, “A major goal of the event was to attract new visitors to our historic district. And that was accomplished. $27,000 was raised from local business sponsorships and merchandise sales. $5,050 was contributed by the GBA and $5,100 was raised for Tara Hall Home for Boys through an auction of a donated skiff sail boat and various direct donations.
“The total cost of running the event was $37,000. All vendors except one have been paid in full, including the City of Georgetown for services such as police and permits. The vendor, Stage Presence, which supplied the tents, stages, fencing and sound and light systems is still owed $5,000. They have agreed to take payment over time.
The GBA Board has plans to obtain further donations to make up the $5,000 shortfall. The GBA would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers and supporters of the music festival.”
Joseph also said in the statement that during the event, “11 bands performed from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. With the help of over 120 volunteers, we extended our Southern hospitality to a crowd estimated at 3,500. While Front Street was closed to vehicle traffic from Screven Street to Orange Street, our businesses and restaurants were open for the brisk business that was done on the sidewalks and in their establishments.
“By all accounts, it was a hugely successful and fun filled day that was kicked off as a real family affair with the Georgetown High School Drum Line. It was a wonderful day and night of good music and big crowds.”
By Clayton Stairs
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