Oil Heritage Festival 2009 Plans Underway
Plans are well underway at the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce for the 31st annual Oil Heritage Festival. A festival of this size requires year around planning. A few changes are in store for this year. Community volunteers are at the heart of the festival and this year they will be adding new events and helping the chamber in trying to improve on many of the activities that have been regulars. One significant addition to this years’ festival will be the introduction of an entrance fee for the evening concerts in Justus Park. The fee will be a nominal $1.00 with children 12 and under free with an adult. Community volunteers will assist in greeting visitors as they enter the park, while collecting the entrance fee. Joe Carrico will serve as the coordinator for the evening concert admission. He explains “This will allow us to have better control of the entrances to the park, creating an inviting welcome. It also provides modest revenue to the Chamber, who intends to commit all proceeds to programming for the next years’ Festival Entertainment.”
Over the years the Oil Heritage Festival has kept fees for vendors very low and tried to include as many events free to the public as possible. Despite many loyal festival sponsors, support revenue is substantially lower than in years past, with expenses continuing to rise. Chamber Director Susan Williams comments that community support for the new gate fee has been positive. Many festivals that offer free concerts charge parking fees from $3-$10. Parking throughout Oil City is free during most all festival activities.
This year will include all the favorites from years past like the Arts and Crafts Show, Parade and Car Show, as well as the many children’s activities. Community members interested in volunteering during the festival can contact the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-676-8521. As Festival nears, event details will be added to the chamber’s website at www.venangochamber.org.