The Jersey County Board is asking the organizer of the Jersey County Victorian Festival to return its donation. The county board donated $2,500 to the festival that was cancelled. Scheduled for Labor Day weekend, the call to pull the plug was made when the weather forecast showed massive rains throughout the weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac moved through the Midwest.
Victorian Festival director Brenda Nolan confirmed to Z-1570 News that the county board has requested the money back, but notes she showed expenses of nearly twice that spent on advertising. At the time of the cancellation, Nolan said she was not pleased with the decrease in funding for the event from the city of Jerseyville from $3,000 last year to $1,000 this year. It costs about $20,000 to put on the event, and about $8,000 is dedicated to advertising. Nolan says the future of the festival is in jeopardy at this point. The Victorian Festival typically draws several thousand people to Jerseyville during its run, and features Civil War reenactments, crafters, food and music.