Kelly Inglis, administrator for the newly renamed Hank Snow Hometown Museum, said they hope to bring it back to Liverpool in time for the 2012 festival.
Inglis, along with board members of the museum, were in council on June 14, asking council for their support in bringing the festival back. Their proposal was for a $12,000 grant from the Region of Queens, to help support the festival.
Hank Snow has two major fundraisers during the year, the tribute and the Annual Father’s Day Country Music Fest. On an average year, Inglis says they raise about $2,500 in cash and in kind from local businesses and individuals for the Father’s Day celebrations. For the tribute, the organization canvasses the Bridgewater area, raising about $2,500 in cash and $3,000 in kind.
Inglis said one of the challenges about moving the festival back to Liverpool would be raising those funds again.
“We feel that if the tribute was moved back to Queens, you could not canvass Liverpool businesses twice in the same year,” says Inglis. “We don’t feel that would be fair to them.”
She added they also do not feel Bridgewater businesses would be interested in helping with tribute if it comes back to Queens County.
Each year the festival draws about 2,000 people, with 250 RVs coming over the four days. The tribute takes about $12,000 to put, and the organizers expect it would be similar for Liverpool.
A decision on providing the grant will be made at a later council meeting