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Festival of Eugene May Seek New Location

Festival of Eugene

The Festival of Eugene is on. But organizers say it may have to take place in a different venue. The original plan was to hold it near the 5th Street Market.

After she found out the Eugene Celebration was cancelled this year, wedding planner Krista Albert decided to put on a "Festival of Eugene" instead. Recently a potential sponsor backed out. But Albert turned to crowd-funding. So far, the festival has raised more than $16 thousand. The latest setback is that a property owner where one of the stages was planned on 5th, has made the purchase of liability insurance a condition of use.

Albert: "It was a $6,000 policy. It was more than we could afford. It was more than we raised money for. So we have to look at doing something different. But I'm not going to let this hold us down. I'm not going to do it. So, my position right now is definitely the festival is still happening. The question is where is it going to happen? We're looking for a place to have the festival?"

Albert says maybe it could be held at a public park or a private citizen will step forward with property. If the show does go on it will take place August 22nd and 23rd somewhere in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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