Committee announces Dan Emmett will be four-day event, Greenwood to headline
MOUNT VERNON — The Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival will return to downtown Mount Vernon for a full four days this August.
According to a press release Monday from an ad hoc festival committee that formed a few weeks ago, the festival will be back under its original name Aug. 8-11 in downtown Mount Vernon. Lee Greenwood, who performed at the 2017 Dan Emmett festival, will be the headline act.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis announced the festival was on at Monday night’s meeting of council.
“It’s going to be pretty much what we’ve had in the past,” Mavis said.
The festival will likely undergo some changes, however, perhaps as soon as next year. The press release states that the festival “is preparing for a rebrand in 2020.”
In the press release, festival Chair Joe Rinehart writes that “the festival is part of our community and we want it to continue.”
“We do, however, think it’s time to re-evaluate the festival and what it means to everyone,” Rinehart said. “The festival belongs to everyone and we want to ensure the rebranding reflects our community and the rich music and arts available, present and past.”
Rinehart told the News Monday that the committee will gather information through a survey linked to the festival’s Facebook page.
In regard to other acts and events, Rhinehart said there will be “more to come as more gets finalized.”
The festival’s future was in doubt after former directors Pat and Sandy Crow resigned their positions in April. At the time, a headline act had not been announced.
The Crows have also retired from the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, but have agreed to assist with this year’s festival.
The festival board executive committee consists of Rhinehart; Liz Lutwick, vice-chair; Trina Trainor, secretary; and Heather Brayshaw, treasurer. Other board members are Mavis, Alyssa Lawrence and Rodney Cheek.
The committee formed shortly after the Crow’s announced they were stepping away from the festival. Monday’s announcement confirmed the event will still be held; previously, committee members were uncertain whether there would be a 2019 festival, and whether it should run the full four days.
The festival is seeking sponsorship opportunities, and anyone interested should contact Trainor at 740-485-9185.