Save the Renaissance Festival

Updated: 06/23/2014 5:52 PM
Created: 06/23/2014 5:50 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

Organizers of a popular summer festival might not be able to open its doors this summer. They are asking for help to keep their annual tradition alive. The organizers of the Sterling Renaissance Festival say they need $300,000. The festival is supposed to start in less than two weeks.

Event organizers say the festival traditionally depends on a line of credit for its offseason production money, but they weren’t able to get that this year.

Gary Izzo, Sterling Renaissance Festival, said, “We have run into a snag. The banks just aren’t as friendly to these kinds of festivals. So with some sales of banks and new regulations coming in, they just don't get it, so they say, 'sorry can't help you.'"

Coordinators say the money is vital for the festival to open. They say the festival brings millions in to Cayuga County and employs many local people. Seventy percent or more of the 1,000 staff members who work at the Sterling Renaissance Festival are from the area. The festival coordinators are asking the public to donate money online.

Izzo said, “We really hate the idea of having a plea for the last little bit. We're a service industry. We're here to provide services. We don't feel good about it at all.”

Silas Holtz, festival actor, said, “There's something truly magical about this place, whether you believe in magic or not. It provides something I haven't been able to find anywhere else in the world.”

Organizers say the next ten days of fundraising are crucial. Opening weekend is July 5.

For more information on how you can donate, click here.

For a link to the Sterling Festival's website, click here.

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