Central Music Festival event

Organizers with the Central Music Festival are holding an appreciation day on May 24th

Organizers with the Central Music Festival are holding an appreciation day on May 24th, which will also feature tunes by the Ron Hubbard Band.

The event runs at the Elks Club in Red Deer, beginning with a public meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The meeting is open to anyone who loves music and would like to see the Central Music Festival return next summer.

The party kicks off with doors opening at 7 p.m. followed by the performance at 8 p.m. It’s open to volunteers, sponsors and anyone who supports the Central Music Festival, said Mike Bradford, president of the Central Music Festival Society.

“We’ve been taking a look at things since we cancelled the Festival and have identified three areas which are key for us to putting on a good event in 2015 – fundraising, marketing and volunteer recruitment retention,” he said. Committees have subsequently been formed to work on those issues, he added.

Bradford said the organizing team has, over the years, done everything they can to make the Festival cost-effective, but it’s been a constant struggle.

He added they are also in the process of putting together an operating budget for the next couple of years, and for the 2015 Festival in particular.

“But we have to get more people excited about this so we get larger crowds out there. We’ve always gotten positive feedback from the attendees and the performers that it’s a well-run Festival and a great venue.

“So we have to figure out what we need to do to attract more people there. Whether that involves looking at different acts, or different ways of doing things we are open to that.”

Meanwhile, there is no charge to attend the event this Saturday, which will also include door prizes.

Check out www.centralmusicfest.com.

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