The organizers of the Jazz Fest prepare the return of the event | Local News
Defiance Jazz Fest organizers are hoping things go as planned next weekend after weather and a pandemic put a damper on the past few years.
The event – first held in 2013 – is scheduled outside from 3:30 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 at Kingsbury Park, with music starting at 4 p.m. The cost is $ 10 for adults while students and children will be admitted free of charge, and presale tickets can be purchased at the Stroede Center for the Arts, 319 Wayne Ave.
Like many annual activities, the Jazz Fest is making a comeback this year, as it did not take place in 2020 due to the coronavirus situation. In fact, it was also canceled in 2019 due to the wet weather and in 2018 the musical performances were interrupted by the rain.
Organizers have moved it for this reason, hoping that July will provide more stable and drier weather. But if things get soggy in Kingsbury a few days before next weekend, the event could be moved to the asphalt surface of Clinton Street between Third and Fifth Streets, according to volunteers Ann and Angie Miller.
The Defiance Community Cultural Council (DCCC) is the organizer of the event while the Miller sisters – both of whom have backgrounds in the national entertainment industry – are volunteer co-directors.
“We’re very excited about this because it’s something for the community,” said Angie Miller. “We plan to have a huge turnout.
She expects a crowd of over 1,000 people.
“We really believe that music sparks creativity, inspiration and healing, and we all need it now,” said Ann Miller. “This live music event really has to take place. “
Volunteers play an important role in organizing the event, according to DCCC executive director Roger Fisher.
“It couldn’t happen without the core of volunteers who are there,” he said.
“We have a group of dedicated volunteers who put their hearts into this event,” said Ann Miller.
One of the volunteers is Mark Schnitkey, who will be the host of the event.
Although volunteers volunteer their services for the Jazz Fest, the presentation comes at a significant expense, according to Fisher.
“Organizing an event like this is much more expensive than anyone thinks,” he said.
However, he also noted that “luckily our sponsors who were with us last year have stayed with us this year,” Fisher said.
Music won’t be the only thing playing next Saturday in Kingsbury, as a variety of food vendors will be available as well.
This includes Maverick’s Smokehouse, Kona Ice, P.31 Macarons, Lonchera Azteca, and M&N Kettle Corn and Nuts.
“Food is an important part of a festival,” said Ann Miller.
For children, JR Jazzies funbags will be offered, she noted. Small musical instruments are among the items children will find in every bag.
According to the organizers, this year’s event will be broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Twitch, so it will have a global reach. This is the first time this has been offered for Jazz Fest, they noted.