The long running Jersey County Victorian Festival will not be held this weekend, thanks to the threat of rain from Isaac that is forecast to push through the Midwest starting tomorrow night. Organizers pulled the plug on Wednesday, blaming mostly the weather, although there is some disappointment with a decrease in funding from the city of Jerseyville.
Victorian Festival director Brenda Nolan confirmed to Z-1570 News that the event had been canceled, but declined to go on-air for comment. 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. Just last week, Nolan requested $3,500 from the city to help put on the event, but the city council approved just $1,000. Nolan stressed the city was not to blame for the cancellation, but was not pleased with the funding cut. It costs about $20,000 to put on the event, and about $8,000 is dedicated to advertising. Nolan said the wet forecast would severely cut into their numbers and they considered shortening the event to two days, but felt the grounds might still be too wet and they would suffer a great loss of money if they opened. The Victorian Festival typically draws several thousand people to Jerseyville during its run, and features Civil War reenactments, crafters, food and music.