Carson City’s Frontier Days festival in doubt after sponsor pulls out

By Jessica Beery • Last Updated 9:41 am on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hot air balloons prepare to liftoff during the 2011 Frontier Days festival. Carson City may be unusually silent the second week of June if festival organizers can’t raise enough money to present a full event.

CARSON CITY — After a successful festival last June, the Carson City Frontier Days may be in serious trouble.
Tami Tasker of the Frontier Days Committee reported to the Carson City Council that the festival lost their long-time title sponsor Carson City Hospital in October, due to the economy and are struggling to raise money for the annual event.
Tasker said it costs about $15,000 to $20,000 to provide the same kind of festival the community has enjoyed in the past decade. She said the committee has about $6,000 right now in donations and commitments.
“Making up that amount is extremely difficult,” Tasker said. “We are struggling very much.”
She said the committee is about four months behind in planning and scheduling, hoping that sponsors will step forward to help.
“We get that the economy is tough, but it’s one weekend out of the year you get to celebrate your town and how great it is,” Tasker said. “Maybe festivals are becoming a thing of the past, but I hope not.”
Mayor Bruce Tasker said that it’s unfortunate that sponsors aren’t being found when so many people enjoy the festival every year.
“It brings a long of people to the community, helping businesses,” he said.
Tami Tasker said that the event won’t be cancelled this year.
“At this point it looks like we’ll have a parade,” she said grimly.
March 1 is the deadline for any sponsorship commitments for the 2012 festival. Contact Frontier Days Festival President Robin Tyler at (989) 289-3545 for more information on fundraising efforts.

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