Marvin, please send your contact information to [email protected]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 cant 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 doesnt 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.
I will see that it gets to me and I will be happy to sit down with you and review every dollar that has come into the festival and how is has been spent.
The festival is not in the RED. We lost money last year - it poured down rain all of Wednesday and most of Saturday - but, we still had money to start the year. After 13 years - some profitable, some not - we still had a few bucks!
It is obvious from you comments that you have not spent anytime investigating your claims yet, you accuse this organization of stealing money from the public. Our books are completely open (and have to be by law!) and I will be more than happy to share the truth with you.