Festivals Battle Over Weekend

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- Festivals live and die on their attendance. If too few people show up, then there isn't enough money to pay for everything.

This weekend alone there are least seven, making it all but impossible for people to hit more than a couple of them.

"I wish sometimes there would be more weekends and more spread out," said David Rosin.

Rosin likes to attend multiple festivals every year. He's fed up with having to choose between which festival to attend,
He tries to find time to attend them all, but it's almost impossible. He'd rather see them staggered over a series of weekends.

"They all have something to offer and they all support their communities. I think we pool a lot from the same people."

This is the second year in a row East Lansing's Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, and Old Town's Festival of the Moon and Sun are on the same weekend.
They've talked to each other about changing weekends, but nobody seems to be willing switch.

"We both mutually agree that we both did well at our festivals last year and we see no reason for switching it," said Louise Gradwohl, Director of the Moon and Sun Festival.

Also this weekend is Yankee Doodle Days in Grand Ledge, Rockapalooza Car Show in Jackson, and Cottage Gardens Pig Roast in Lansing. Lansing's Downtown Neighborhood association is hosting a doggy parade downtown, and there's the Red Cedar Jubilee.
They are all trying to battle each other using different tactics to bring in more people.

"We have our Yankee Doodle Days parade at 11am, followed by our free kids day. There's pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, and Ronald McDonald is going to be there," said Maris Brennan with the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce.

Most of the festivals expect to see a bigger crowd this year despite overlapping.
But not everyone thinks bigger is better if it means they can't enjoy it all.

"We pick and choose what spots we want to hit. The good news everything is so close," said Rosin.

Yankee Doodle Days is expecting the biggest crowd, of more than 20,000 people. This is the 30th consecutive year for the Grand Ledge festival.


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