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Oswego Music Festival OK'd for Encore

Mar 05, 2014 09:06AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Photo courtesy of Oswego Beats and Eats Facebook Page

The Oswego Beats and Eats Festival appears poised to make a comeback for a second year.

The Village Board Tuesday night approved its agreement with Macey Brook’s, the event’s organizer. A date has yet to be set for the festival. Last  year’s event was held Aug. 10 at PrairiePoint Park. 

Perhaps the biggest difference in this year’s agreement between Brooks and the village is that the village will not provide a lump-sum payment for the event. Last year, the village agreed to pay $10,000 to put on the one-day show. 

The village will provide the services of Public Works employees for the event weekend. However, after 20 overtime hours are used up, Brooks will pay an additional $43.02 per hour of overtime incurred. Village staff time also will be used to help organize the event.

Last year’s concert drew about 800 people who paid up to $20 per ticket for a selection of eight regional and national bands and a variety of food options. 

“Overall the logistics, location, parking, security and event were successful. This event has created a buzz for the Village of Oswego and many are eager and excited for the 2014 event,” wrote Community Relations Manager Michele Brown in a memo to the Village Board.

“Some problems did exist at the 2013 event, Staff and Mr. Brooks have met to discuss the overall problems and possible future plans for the 2nd Annual event. Staff feels confident that all issues have been resolved and will not be an issue at the 2014 event.”

The Oswegoland Park District Board will meet March 30 to discuss the approval of using PrairiePoint Park for this year’s event. Per the agreement with the village, a lineup for the show should be complete by May 30.

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