Cottonwood Music Festival on the rocks?

Cottonwood Music Festival needs someone to take up the torch if it is going to happen this year.

According to past organizer Lionel Conant, no one has stepped forward to put the festival together this year, and he simply can’t continue to do it without more help.

Cottonwood Music Festival needs someone to take up the torch if it is going to happen this year.

According to past organizer Lionel Conant, no one has stepped forward to put the festival together this year, and he simply can’t continue to do it without more help.

While he says he’s willing to organize the artists, he can’t also do the marketing, fundraising and site logistics, and is asking people willing to help to step up.

In the past, the Fort St. James Arts Council has helped with the event, but earlier this year made the decision not to be directly involved with the festival anymore.

“I didn’t make the decision lightly,” says Monica Grill of the arts council, speaking of the society’s decision both to not continue doing the Cottonwood Music Festival and the choice to discontinue the concert series they have done in previous years.

In the past, the arts council has helped financially back the festival, but the surplus of funds they had for the festival has been used up and now Grill says this combined with the lack of members on their own council, means they are not able to oversee the event.

“Financially, I think it just got over it’s head,” says Grill.

 

Anyone interested in helping organize the Cottonwood Festival should contact Lionel Conant at 996-0026.