Renfrew claims bye to Bluegrass Festival

The Renfrew Bluegrass Pageant is getting transformed into a new multi-style musical function owing to dwindling numbers and elevated fees of personnel time and legal responsibility connected with enabling camping onsite

The when common week-lengthy Bluegrass Competition held in Renfrew and Horton Township that after captivated near to 1,000 readers is remaining phased out thanks to lowering range of attendees and profits and an boost in workers time essential to operate the occasion.

The City of Renfrew’s new Signature Gatherings Working Group has recommended the once-a-year Bluegrass Festival be changed and integrated into a new musical vent which would incorporate the hugely productive Renfrew Craft Beer and Food stuff Truck Festival.

All through the February 7 Financial Advancement, Organizing and Tourism Committee, the proposal was reviewed and authorised with the knowing the new songs pageant would place increased emphasis on community talent executing over two days. It would substitute the five-working day Bluegrass Competition owing generally to the reality the bluegrass party essential much more team time and did not create the anticipated revenue.

Jenna McEwen, he town’s Communications and Marketing and advertising Coordinator, delivered an overview of the rationale at the rear of the final decision.

“The Signature Functions Performing Team has designed a system to enrich the music celebration, though setting up off the framework that has been effective in a long time earlier with a goal to bring in a broader group foundation with enhanced readers and enhanced ticket gross sales,” she stated. “The system would see artists from numerous genres of tunes such as some good neighborhood talent be showcased in excess of two times.”

She spelled out the 2022 Craft Beer and Meals Truck Festival, has developed larger every 12 months and the 2022 party was a massive accomplishment and considerably of that was thanks to a solid focus on neighborhood new music talent. The just one-working day party held more than eight-several hours on the front lawn of Town Hall welcomed just over 2,000 attendees. In comparison, less than 500 attendees registered in excess of a interval of five times with the 2022 Bluegrass Festival.

Whilst the COVID pandemic resulted in the postponement of the two the Beer Festival and the Bluegrass Pageant in 2020 and 2021, they returned in 2022 with vastly unique outcomes.

The Craft Beer Competition, which has been held on the first Saturday in October on the outside garden of Town Hall, has increased in reputation given that very first released in 2017. In actuality, the initially occasion took place less than continuous rain circumstances with temperatures hovering close to the freezing mark, yet even now captivated shut to 1,000 company.

In contrast, the Bluegrass Festival is held in July below ideal conditions and its attendance has fallen steadily from near to 1,000 company down to a very low of 500 in 2022.

These were driving components that led to the conclusion to revamp the functions.

“By developing on the accomplishment of the Craft Beer Festival, the Performing Group believes an evolved songs pageant would draw in a lot more attendees in a two-day structure,” McEwan added. “The new pageant structure would be comprised of a Friday night with gates opening at Ma-Te-Way at 4pm and a comprehensive working day Saturday competition with gates opening at 12pm and closing at 11pm.”

She reported the camping selection would be eliminated in get to cut down team time, expenditures, and legal responsibility.

“We are investigating the use of harmless transportation choices for attendees to access from specified choose up and drop off areas in Pembroke, Arnprior and other spots during the Ottawa Valley.”

She explained the classic Bluegrass Competition traces its origins back again more than 20 years when it was held at the Johnston Farm in Horton Township and although it had a loyal adhering to both of those there and at Ma-Te-Way Park, the total of staff time and increased advertising failed to maximize attendance or income.

Mayor Tom Sidney said the new structure of a multi-genre tunes festival merged with the success of the beer and meals truck event will come to be a profitable party and likely increase in popularity more than the subsequent few many years.