13th Violet Festival set for July 28-31

Organizers of Pickerington's entertainment event of the year are hoping for large crowds and clear skies for the 13th annual Violet Festival July 28-31. Per usual, there will be four days of music, food, amusement rides and more when the Violet Festival takes over Olde Pickerington later this month. Full Story
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Double standards

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 7, 2010
Isn't the festival in Victory Park? Beer in the Park????????? I thought this was already discussed with the Jazz and Ribs folks and they were told NO. Who's signing off on that?
Wilber

Westerville, OH

#2 Jul 7, 2010
Many decades ago I worked in a grocery store. As a teenager I caught the devil for parking too close to the store. The store manager said the places close to the store were for our VIPs . That meant the customers. Back then there were no handicap spaces. I hope that doesnít date me too much. Now we have the Violet Festival that gives VIPs parking places to the staff and their customers have to find their own place to the park down the street and now for this previlege they wants us to now pay. What they call VIPs are high rollers paying outrageous amount to sit close to the stage. However because of the beer they are moved over to the side some. In addition this group of knuckleheads are charging the customers that come in to view the products of those that have set up tables two dollars. Most places that charge a cover charge have some real entertainment not some boring tables set up selling insurance and politics. Why donít you guys count me out this year. Your admission fee is offensive.
ohiomom

Westerville, OH

#3 Jul 7, 2010
I don't mind the $2 entrance fee but the ride ticket and carnival game prices were outrageous last year...the article didn't mention anything about either--hmmmm.
Dirty Harry

Westerville, OH

#4 Jul 7, 2010
I do mind the $2 for entry because it is to look at commercial advertizing and maybe eat over priced food from a roach coach. I can do for less down the road. I do not normally stay for a concert. So it is not to my benefit to attend the festival. I can stay home and order a pizza.
I think it was last year that they had a lot of problem with the young people and drugs. I think the Grand Funk Railroad will attract an undesirable element into the city that I simply do not want to be around. We can only hope that July 31st is cool because we will have a brown out with the local police charging their taser gun batteries. I hope they can get backup from Reynoldsburg like Pickerington did for them last week. That will be a rocking Saturday night and I hope they bill the idiots at the Chamber for the costs of the police present to control this crowd from all over Ohio.
Bill

Westerville, OH

#5 Jul 7, 2010
How and who gives the authority to this Violet Festival to fence in the school grounds and serve beer? Do the police chief or council issue a beer permit?
I would say it would be a real scope for this reporter to show up Saturday July 31st with a camera. To record some of the action. I would advise to dress like a druggie and get one of those spy cameras in you button of your shirt. You will see more action than you want to. I wonder if the dispatch pays over time for these guys. I would say cover the Violet Festival on the 31st and skip council on Tuesday.
Pickerington Dad

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 7, 2010
First, this festival was supposed to be SELF SUPPORTING years ago, yet the township and Pickerington continue to throw money at this dog.

Second, what used to be a great Fourth of July celebration in Pickerington has been gutted in order to prop up this festival. A great small town tradition has faltered for this festival which now wants to charge me to enter the grounds?? It gets nuttier every year.

I don't mind the crowds or the kids having fun at all but I have always felt the VIP parking was a bit much. There isn't that much parking near the festival as it is, but to to reserve what little there is for those with overblown ego in town is silly. That parking should be reserved for the handicap citizens who are NOW PAYING CUSTOMERS.

I say if the festival isn't self supporting after this year - END IT.
Pickerington Dad

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 7, 2010
And while it crosses my mind, is any other event in town allowed to sell alcohol on school property??

If not, then why is this festival being allowed?
Picktown proud

Columbus, OH

#8 Jul 8, 2010
Just wanted to clarify that alcohol is not being sold on school grounds or in Victory Park. Additionally, rides are a dollar on Wednesday or 20.00 all day every day for an unlimited ride pass. The cost to hold an event such as the Violet Festival is very expensive. Trash and portable restrooms cost thousands of dollars alone. The event must pay for entertainment, utilities, tents, and police. Most events charge to enter their event plus additional money to see the entertainment.
This event is ran totally by volunteers, who give their time to the community. I recommend volunteering and help improve the Violet Festival.
Not in the park

Pickerington, OH

#9 Jul 8, 2010
"We chose to move off school grounds so we can provide alcohol," Heitmeyer said

The beer is not being served in the park (which ends at the entrance off the alley) and it's not on school grounds. Not sure who owns the property though.
Marvin

Westerville, OH

#10 Jul 8, 2010
The problem with the Violet Festival for years has been its hard headed commercial promotion not a quality or life issue or a promotion of the local community. It started out promoting the home builders and the insurance companies that benefit from these new homes. Then there are the politicians that want to get some face time.
To attract the families and others that might be interested in buying a home they provide amusement rides so the parents bring their kids. Then these advertisers want to complain that putting on this exposition costs money. A few years ago they resorted to selling beer to raise the needed cash and they still canít make enough money to break even.(they say)
Clearly they are incompetent and their common goals are incompatible with the people that attend. They bring in these bands that cause them even more headaches with fights and drugs and then complain about paying for the police.
Oh but we are good guys we volunteered. That is a bunch of garbage because that entire group of so called volunteers is self serving for their individual cause or product. So I am not buying that they want to really serve the community. They see a commercial value to their business or product. Just count the parade entries and who is in the parade. Are these entries from the community or are they commercial interests?
I hear they are having the beer garden on the city owned parking lot just north of the Tiger Stadium between Park Ally and Columbus Street. I believe someone at the city must provide them with a permit. I think the city council needs to rethink this beer garden. For what they charge for the beer and the material costs to provide the beer it doesnít take any effort to make a ton of money selling beer from a keg. Remember all volunteer work force.
They charge for every stand or table that is set up and for the VIPs that move to the front of the line. Yet this festival seems to come out EVERY Year in the RED. Now here is a group that uses public property and accepts public money from the City Council yet they will not open their books to the public to get some idea of where the money the city has dumped into this failing effort for years is going. I think it is past due for a complete audit of the Violet Festival and account for the public funds they have spent over the last 13 years.
Picktown

Westerville, OH

#11 Jul 9, 2010
Double standards wrote:
Isn't the festival in Victory Park? Beer in the Park????????? I thought this was already discussed with the Jazz and Ribs folks and they were told NO. Who's signing off on that?
Beer will NOT be in Victory Park. Beer is available in the Beer Garden ONLY and is strictly overseen. This is a family event, and only by sponsor request and financial support have we continued with the beer garden. But thank you for your interest in this great community event!
Picktown

Westerville, OH

#12 Jul 9, 2010
Wilber wrote:
Many decades ago I worked in a grocery store. As a teenager I caught the devil for parking too close to the store. The store manager said the places close to the store were for our VIPs . That meant the customers. Back then there were no handicap spaces. I hope that doesnít date me too much. Now we have the Violet Festival that gives VIPs parking places to the staff and their customers have to find their own place to the park down the street and now for this previlege they wants us to now pay. What they call VIPs are high rollers paying outrageous amount to sit close to the stage. However because of the beer they are moved over to the side some. In addition this group of knuckleheads are charging the customers that come in to view the products of those that have set up tables two dollars. Most places that charge a cover charge have some real entertainment not some boring tables set up selling insurance and politics. Why donít you guys count me out this year. Your admission fee is offensive.
The event is 100% volunteer run and is solely supported by corporate sponsorship and private contributions and the dedicated volunteers. So these sponsors and supporters are keeping the event in Pickerington. Unfortunately, a tough economy, and struggling businesses have forced a cutback on contributions, so the Violet Festival is forced to ask the $2 entry to keep the event in Pickerington. Look at many other festivals in the area and see what they charge. What the Violet Festival offers is well worth the small fee. The Violet Festival is also helping other community groups by allowing fund-raisers on location. As for the parking, the Violet Festival also offers shuttles from many area parking lots. Thank you for you input and comments on the Violet Festival! It is deeply appreciated and we hope to see you there!
Picktown

Westerville, OH

#13 Jul 9, 2010
Dirty Harry wrote:
I do mind the $2 for entry because it is to look at commercial advertizing and maybe eat over priced food from a roach coach. I can do for less down the road. I do not normally stay for a concert. So it is not to my benefit to attend the festival. I can stay home and order a pizza.
I think it was last year that they had a lot of problem with the young people and drugs. I think the Grand Funk Railroad will attract an undesirable element into the city that I simply do not want to be around. We can only hope that July 31st is cool because we will have a brown out with the local police charging their taser gun batteries. I hope they can get backup from Reynoldsburg like Pickerington did for them last week. That will be a rocking Saturday night and I hope they bill the idiots at the Chamber for the costs of the police present to control this crowd from all over Ohio.
Last year the Violet Festival had a great event short of the torrential rain! This year will be even better with a great line-up of musicians and entertainment. Wednesday is local music, Thursday evening is Faith Night with Christian Music all night(including Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers) Friday is Family night with the Parade and National act LoCash cowboys (who have returned for the third straight year) and Saturday is full of music from mid afternoon to late in the evening. Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad is an incredible addition to the event. Although Mark performs many of his hits from the 70's, he is a very respected Christian performer as well. Many of his fans are 40+ in age and I doubt will react as you have mentioned. We certainly hope to see you at the Violet Festival!
Picktown

Westerville, OH

#14 Jul 9, 2010
Bill wrote:
How and who gives the authority to this Violet Festival to fence in the school grounds and serve beer? Do the police chief or council issue a beer permit?
I would say it would be a real scope for this reporter to show up Saturday July 31st with a camera. To record some of the action. I would advise to dress like a druggie and get one of those spy cameras in you button of your shirt. You will see more action than you want to. I wonder if the dispatch pays over time for these guys. I would say cover the Violet Festival on the 31st and skip council on Tuesday.
There will be no beer served on school grounds! The Beer Garden is separated by a road, ID's are needed and the beverages can NOT leave that area. We welcome reporters, news teams and any media to visit! The Violet Festival was the grounds for "Live at 5" with the entire 10TV staff two years ago! Last year, all local stations covered portions of the event and we certainly hope to have the same this year! The Pickerington Violet Festival is an event built tompromote Pickerington and Violet Township as a great place to work, live and do business. We are proud of this event, we thank the sponsors who make it possible and we applaud ALL of the volunteers that put this amazing community event together! We hope to see you there!
Picktown

Westerville, OH

#15 Jul 9, 2010
Marvin wrote:
Oh but we are good guys we volunteered. That is a bunch of garbage because that entire group of so called volunteers is self serving for their individual cause or product.
Wow. I take deep offense to your statement because I have personally volunteered for over 5 years and have put time and resources into this event. I have DONATED the website hosting and production this year and you will NOT see my name ANYWHERE on the site. It may not be the best site ever, but I volunteered my services to help. I lend the services of my friends and family plus personal equipment so that the festival can continue to serve this great community. Maybe you should visit the next PUBLIC meeting on Monday at the Park Alley Tavern Banquet Hall (upstairs) and see some of these "political" faces in there. You will be surprised to find moms, dads, business owners, individuals from different communities all working together for the good of the area! Your energy would be well received if we could channel it in a positive direction! Oh and by the way, this is a 501(c)not-for-profit adventure that has NOT lost money for YEARS! Please do your homework, or better yet, join out team and learn what a "bunch of Garbage" we are. My bet is you will call us crazy for VOLUNTEERING so much time and effort only to hear comments- no ACCUSATIONS, like the ones you have made!
VF Volunteer

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 9, 2010
Double standards wrote:
Isn't the festival in Victory Park? Beer in the Park????????? I thought this was already discussed with the Jazz and Ribs folks and they were told NO. Who's signing off on that?
While the festival does include the use of Victory Park (and the high school sports field)the beer garden is not located in Victory Park. It is located in a parking lot that is not a part of either the park or the school property.

The VIP tent was new last year and was on the school property next to the stage. This year, the VIP tent is being moved from the school grounds to a parking lot off of the grounds but, within view of the stage.

No beer will be served or allowed outside the beer garden or VIP tent, let alone, on the park or school grounds.
VF Volunteer

Columbus, OH

#17 Jul 9, 2010
Wilber wrote:
...What they call VIPs are high rollers paying outrageous amount to sit close to the stage. However because of the beer they are moved over to the side some. In addition this group of knuckleheads are charging the customers that come in to view the products of those that have set up tables two dollars. Most places that charge a cover charge have some real entertainment not some boring tables set up selling insurance and politics. Why donít you guys count me out this year. Your admission fee is offensive.
Wilbur, I would like to invite you to join me in the VIP tent where I will introduce you to the 'high rolling...knuckleheads' who pay for this event. Most of them are small business owners who are struggling like the rest of us to make a living who, without their investment, this event wouldn't take place. They risk what they have to provide jobs and income to many of the residents of this community.

Sure, they do some advertising. Sure, they get some benefits from that advertising. But, the community is going to get 4 evenings of great local and national entertainment. That entertainment has included bands that played blues, jazz, country, rock, music from the 50's to today. I challenge you to find this much entertainment for $2 per adult ANYWHERE.

I find your trashing of the men and women of this community who make this event possible, offensive.
VF Volunteer

Columbus, OH

#18 Jul 9, 2010
Bill wrote:
How and who gives the authority to this Violet Festival to fence in the school grounds and serve beer? Do the police chief or council issue a beer permit?
I would say it would be a real scope for this reporter to show up Saturday July 31st with a camera. To record some of the action. I would advise to dress like a druggie and get one of those spy cameras in you button of your shirt. You will see more action than you want to. I wonder if the dispatch pays over time for these guys. I would say cover the Violet Festival on the 31st and skip council on Tuesday.
Bill, a good reporter would check his facts...the beer garden is not on the school property. Beer is not allowed on the school property. The beer garden is located in a parking lot off of school grounds and no beer is allowed beyond the beer garden boundries.
VF Volunteer

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 9, 2010
Pickerington Dad wrote:
And while it crosses my mind, is any other event in town allowed to sell alcohol on school property??
If not, then why is this festival being allowed?
Dad, see my response to Bill above...
VF Volunteer

Columbus, OH

#20 Jul 9, 2010
Pickerington Dad wrote:
First, this festival was supposed to be SELF SUPPORTING years ago, yet the township and Pickerington continue to throw money at this dog.
Second, what used to be a great Fourth of July celebration in Pickerington has been gutted in order to prop up this festival. A great small town tradition has faltered for this festival which now wants to charge me to enter the grounds?? It gets nuttier every year.
I don't mind the crowds or the kids having fun at all but I have always felt the VIP parking was a bit much. There isn't that much parking near the festival as it is, but to to reserve what little there is for those with overblown ego in town is silly. That parking should be reserved for the handicap citizens who are NOW PAYING CUSTOMERS.
I say if the festival isn't self supporting after this year - END IT.
Dad, this 'dog' of an event has attracted nothing but GREAT press from the various radio and television stations around central Ohio. It has for 13 years reflected Pickerington Ohio as a great place to live, work and play.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have visited this festival every year from places other than Pickerington and beyond Ohio, who have encountered a clean, family freindly event that brings people together to enjoy themselves.

The city and township couldn't come close to paying for the positive press and goodwill that the festival has generated over the past 13 years with the money they have contributed to the festival.

And, while their contribution is greatly appreciated, the bulk of the monies and volunteers used to put on the festival come from local business owners who generate most of the tax revenues collected by these entities.

Also, the Violet Festival generates revenue for several community organizations (HS boosters, Boy Scouts, churches, etc.)

Just a gut feeling but, I'd bet the city and township benefit much more from the festival than the $$ they contribute.

BTW, handicap parking has always been available at The Violet Grange on Lockville Rd. It actually provides better accessability to the grounds via the alley down into the event grounds.

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