Won't be 'around this year: Barnwell's Festival on Round victim of economic factors

The Festival on the Round won't be circling around as the spring downtown festival this year, city officials have decided.

During the regular monthly council meeting Feb. 2, Lynn Cox, the Toursim and Community Development Services director, informed the full council of the decision to not hold the annual festival this year.

Cox said in an earlier meeting with Mayor Ed Lemon, Mayor Pro-temp Pickens Williams Sr. and City Administrator John Zawacki, the decision was made to cancel this year's event based on several factors.

"Due to several reasons - budget, construction projects and lack of help (volunteers)- we will be cancelling the festival," Cox told City Council.

With all the new programs occurring through the recreation department, those wishing to participate in activities will find a wide variety through that department, Cox said.

Cox said the cost of the holding the festival, including paying overtime to police officers to provide traffic control, is one of the big expenses the town incurs each year.

The shortage of volunteers is another problem, Cox said.

In the future, the city would revisit the idea of bringing back the festival, but right now, it is looking at several options to provide other entertainment for the community, Cox said.

Cox said she will be working with the Salkehatchie Stew project and other smaller events to possibly bring them to Barnwell.