Presentation about Barbecue on the River Festival
David Boggs with the Barbecue on the River Festival made a presentation to the Mayor and Commissioners providing a preview this year’s 20th anniversary festival, a breakdown of the festival finances, and the festival’s history.
Boggs said the first festival was held for one day with less than a dozen barbecue's. Now the festival has grown to three days in length with 40 barbecue's and 34 non-barbecue food vendors participating in the 2013 festival.
Boggs said the festival always has been a charitable event with each participant encouraged to provide at least 20 percent of their proceeds to charity. Boggs said, “The charities and barbecue's handle the money themselves. The money does not come through the festival.”
Boggs said after the festival each participant submits a charitable accountability form signed by the participant and the charity representative that shows the monetary donation.
Boggs said the 2013 Barbecue on the River festival generated $448,288.22 for more than 75 non-profits and charities.
Regarding revenue for the festival, Boggs said the 2013 festival took in $39,926 in participant fees and $98,294 in proceeds from fundraising including soft drink sales, sponsorships, and Porkstock.
Festival expenses totaled $108,710. Expenses include items such as security, utilities, entertainment fees, and marketing. This year’s festival will be September 25-27.
Boggs said a kickoff for this year’s festival will be held in May.Visit Barbecue on the River Festival online for more information.
Information provided by City of Paducah
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