Olathe Town leaders made the tough call on Wednesday night to cancel the 22nd annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival this summer due to lack of funding for the event. Town Clerk Bobbi Sale says that the budget for this year’s scaled down Sweet Corn Festival was $40-thousand and the town simply couldn’t afford it.
Olathe, like many Colorado communities, has been struggling financially and has had to contend with potential layoffs of town personnel. Sale says that the town could not simultaneously consider further reductions in it expenditures and staff and finance the annual event.
Sale says the Sweet Corn Festival Committee, appointed by the Town Council, will use the upcoming year to strategize and formulate a plan for funding the event so it can return to Olathe bigger and better in 2014.
Sale says the Sweet Corn Festival Committee will continue to work with neighboring communities like Delta and Montrose to ensure the festival once again rises to its potential in 2014.