Festivals are a way for a community, church, organization, town or city to draw people to their location while creating a “brand” for themselves. This brings extra jobs, visitors and revenue into the site. Coming up with a festival idea and name are the first steps.
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A Look Around
Begin your search for a new festival idea by looking around your area. Is there a certain agricultural or natural product that is well-known in your location, such as blackberries, artichokes, wheat, beans, pine trees (pine cones) or even garlic? Does your area showcase a certain type of music, such as the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee in California?
A festival is the perfect opportunity to bring these items to the public's attention. Thomson, Georgia, has the Tom Watson Watermelon Festival. Madison, Texas, draws thecrowds in with its Texas Mushroom Festival. Port St. Joe, Florida, catches the attention of tourists at its St. Joseph Scallop Festival.
Seasons and Holidays
Use the seasons as a reason to celebrate; each of the four seasons has its own feeling and traditions. Also, remember that a other terms can be used instead of "festival." Consider such names as the St. Mary’s Spring Flower Jubilee, Stanville’s Fall Harvest Festival, New Mexico’s Summer Fiesta or The Southside Winter Festival.
A festival can be named after and set around any holiday. The Fourth of July, Easter, Christmas or Presidents Day are all times to create a celebration.
Sometimes an area just isn’t known for anything special. There are always festival genres that work for any new festival at any location, such as crafts, art, food or music. How about an angel festival? Or, you can combine subjects, such as Capper City’s Art and Music Festival. Indiana has a Wizard of Oz Festival. Marion, Ohio has a Popcorn Festival. Pennsylvania offers the McClure Bean Soup Festival. Additional festival ideas might include: antiques, poet and writers, films, pie, barbeque, welcome the troops back, or any animal (especially if it is found in your location).