A message from Mike Slack, organizer of the Go Green Festival
The Fall Go Green Self Reliance Festival has been cancelled for several reasons. First there is a 50% chance of rain that weekend. After the Alton Walnut Festival [in Alton, MO] was hit with rain, we were fearful of both the festival getting drenched and lower attendance.
Also several of our major attractions were not able to make it. The wood gas pickup truck, the carnival, the solar electric race car, Ozarks Medical Center and many of our favorite vendors. This is primarily due to lack of notice. These folks just need to schedule as far in advance as possible. As many of you know, my wife Debbie passed away the last part of August. For this reason my mind was not 100% on the festival and I wasn’t able to connect with some of these people and give them the advance notice they needed.
Also, though we tried very hard to make sure that Go Green would not conflict with any other events in the area, which is difficult to do in the fall when so many small towns have festivals, several other organizations scheduled events after we had set our date - among them a fish fry and a gun show. So with the high probability of rain, fewer vendors, and lower attendance, it seemed logical to concentrate our effort on the Spring festival.
I’m calling everyone who signed up and having them mark the 3rd weekend of April, which the Saddle Club has indicated will be free and the major attractions mentioned above have said they are good with that date.
The last several Go Green Festivals have been large events for our area with up to 3,000 in attendance and up to 150 vendors. We want to continue that tradition of growth and believe the Spring, with the beginning of gardening season and fewer activities in the area will be best.
If you wish to get on the list for the 3rd weekend of April please call Mike Slack at 417 264 2435.
In addition to the physical obstacles of the fall festival Mike pointed out, the emotional and spiritual loss of Deb in our community has been overwhelming for everyone involved. I hope that those who have enjoyed the festival in the past, or those wanting to enjoy the festival in coming seasons, will plan on attending the spring fest in April. Thank you all for your concern and we all look forward to sunnier days ahead.
All the best,