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Good Question: Will Airigami Balloon Displays Return to Downtown Rochester?

February 14, 2017 06:32 AM

Pat Taney was asked what happened to the event that drew in nearly 40,000 people every year.

Every year, Dawn Delancey would take her grandson to see the biggest balloon display in our area. 

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Not this year. 

She asked Pat: "What happened to the Airigami balloon display at the Sibley building? I have searched online and can't find any information."

Pat spoke with Airgami's Artistic Director Larry Moss.

"We were looking at doing it again this year but Sibley had an opportunity to do the renovation they have had planned for a long time."

Okay, so not this year, how about next year?

"We are looking at next year, exploring possibilities." Moss said.

Right now, this project needs funding, without it this free downtown event may not be back next year. It's a blow for downtown. The balloon displays brought in big crowds to a normally quiet downtown Rochester in the winter.

"We have only seen over the past 3 years a 50 percent increase in year over year attendance." Moss said.

One potential savior? The City of Rochester.

"I think an art event in the middle of downtown Rochester, in the middle of winter is important and I would love to have the city be a bigger part of this." Moss said.

We reached out to city officials and asked if they would be willing to give more funds to support this.

A city spokesperson gave us this statement:

"The city has been a sponsor, so we already did chip in and help previously. We also had $5,000 in funding programmed for this year before we knew the display was canceled."

Moss is now hoping a corporate sponsor will step forward to bring the event back next year.

If you want more information on becoming a sponsor. You can call (585) 359-8695 or visit the website here

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