It’s not the end of Carp Festival.
It’s just the end of the 34- year-old event in July.
That’s what Julie Brink, Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce director, said Monday.
Instead of the usual July date, Carp Fest will be combined with the
fall Chili Cook-Off to become the “Carp Fall Festival Chili Cook-Off,”
Saturday, Sept. 28.
Brink said, “I thought what we offered last year was really good, but there wasn’t the amount of people there should have been.
“For all the effort, time, and money that went into it (the July Carp Fest), it could have been better.”
July is a busy month, which cuts down the turnout, but attendance at fall events has been good, she said.
The Archbold Lions Club, which began the Carp Fest, will not hold its annual fish fry.
While the fish fry was always a tradition, attendance at the event has dropped.
Brink said planning is underway for the Sept. 28 event.
Already confirmed are a pedal tractor pull, DJ, and several vendors offering crafts and other items.
There will be demonstrations of square dancing and Zumba, a dance-exercise program.
There also will be a childrens bicycle parade and a pie-eating contest involving AHS football players.
The annual Run for the Lights, a 5K run-walk, will move to the fall date.
“Hopefully, the Chili Cook- Off will be a big draw,” she said.
Brink said Archbold will hold a 150-year sesquicentennial event in 2016.
She hopes the Carp Fall Festival Chili Cook-Off will grow to become a good festival by then.
“I don’t look at this as an end,” she said.
“The Carp Fest is just becoming bigger and better.”