The Delaware Art Festival is a go for its 44th year in May, but it could be its last, according to volunteer Linda Shearer.
The nonprofit organization has a about a dozen volunteers and look to add an additional six volunteers. After its organizational meeting on Sept. 1, the nonprofit gained two volunteers, Shearer said.
“We have decided one year,” she said. “Many of us are feeling this could be the final one.”
From September to June, committee volunteers would spend about three hours a month towards preparing the festival, including vendor placement and advertising. That’s in addition to volunteering about 32 hours total for the two-day festival.
The festival is completely volunteer-driven and does not have paid staff unlike the arts festival in Columbus. It has provided scholarships to about four to five students each year and provide supply stipends to art instructors in the community.
Another longtime event in downtown Delaware has discontinued. The Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, the car show wrapped up its 23rd year in July, featuring more than 650 vintage vehicles for attendees from as far as Michigan, West Virginia and Florida. The show was discontinued because of the club’s aging membership and lack of volunteers to meet the level of expectations from attendants, according to club leadership.
For information about the Delaware Art Festival, call Shearer at 740-816-1682.
Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.