EagleHerald Staff Writer
MENOMINEE—The Menominee Waterfront Festival Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. The committee will discuss planning for a 2022 festival after the decision to cancel the 2021 festival.
The festival began in the early 80’s as a celebration of the city’s centennial and has continued for more than 35 years as a “community celebration.” The committee has honored this tradition over the years, continuing the free event and using only non-profit community organizations as vendors. These organizations used the profits they make to continue the many charitable programs that benefit the community.
The budget for the first event was just less than $20,000 and has grown over the years to between $90,000 and $100,000, sometimes even more. Most of this is raised from local business and industry and beverage sales at the event. The city provides insurance, and police and fire, parks and street, and recreation department assistance that allows the festival to continue.
Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting with any questions, suggestions or ideas they may have for the festival going forward. The committee will provide information on festival budget and financing, licensing and regulatory requirements and those community guidelines they continue to follow.
“We are hoping for a positive, constructive conversation with those who have expressed an interest in the event and we want to hear their suggestions and ideas,” stated Nancy Douglas, festival committee chair.