Mark your calendars the Maple City Heritage Festival is set for September 2008.
The festival committee announced yesterday that it would be postponing the Heritage festival until next year. Last year was the first year of the Norwalk festival.
People may think the economy is bad, committee-member Denise Waaland said, but if the committee's experience is any indication they're wrong. Most of the people involved in the festival planning are business people, she said. They are simply so busy they cannot devote the time they necessary to put on a quality festival.
"I'm making sauerkraut balls like they're going out of style," she said.
Besides, she said, "everyone thinks the festival is 2008." People she talks to seemed already to have the idea that the festival is next year anyway, she said. Of course, the Reflector is partially to blame because it published a story mistakenly mentioning 2008.
There are about 12 people on the festival committee, Waaland said, which is about the same as last year.
"I've never worked with a committee this awesome," she said.
Mayor Sue Lesch praised the committee highly and said that the city has no official responsibility for the festival and does not give money to the festival. The festival is dependent on donations, Lesch said. Naturally, city helps the festival out from time to time with various issues closing the streets uptown, for instance.
The committee has not been able to set up its non-profit status yet. Last year, the committee partnered with the Kiwanis to put on the festival using their non-profit status. The Kiwanis would have been happy to partner with the festival again this year Jenny Hipp, an officer of the Kiwanis and a festival committee member last year, said.
Sharon Rood, another committee member, said "a lot of things" have caused the committee to postpone.
But, she said, "We'll come out better than ever next year."