Danville Constitution Festival - Volunters May Make It Happen

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A favorite local festival in central Kentucky, in danger of becoming another casualty of the country's troubled economy, may get a reprieve.

Kentucky State Parks announced this month that Boyle County's Constitution Square Festival would be suspended in 2009, after much speculation about whether the festival would continue.

The parks department said the historical-themed festival could return to coincide with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to be held in Lexington in 2010. And Gerry van der Meer, commissioner of the parks system, opened the door for volunteers to take over the festival this year.

Two agencies in Danville have responded and are working to revive the festival and give it a makeover, Jody Lassiter told the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership at its meeting Wednesday. Lassiter is the EDP's president and CEO.

The agencies are Heart of Danville and the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau. They are spearheading a drive to keep the festival going in 2009, and for this year's festival to serve as a pilot program of sorts for its future.

The economy was named as a factor when the parks department announced last week that it would not be putting on the festival in the fall. The position of Constitution Square Manager Brenda
Willoughby was one of three to be left open when she retired in 2008.
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