Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The annual Chat field ballon festival has been closed permanently due to the cost. The festival director say that the park manager would not renegotiate the contract from 55000 down to 45000 which drove the festival into the ground. the park director said the fees from the festival organizers cover the costs to the park. She said that if you include the staff time and the work by park volunteers who prepare for the festival and cleanup afterward, the parks make a little money but over all they almost break even. i think that if the festival raised their prices a little they would be able to pay for their expenses.