Logan County Tourism Bureau Plans for Next Lincoln Festival

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LINCOLN – The Logan County Tourism Bureau wraps up the first annual Lincoln's Pigs & Swigs Festival from June 5 – 7 and discuss changes for next year's festival.

This year's festival consisted of the Up in Smoke on the Square barbeque competition, the Young Professionals Network craft beer event, the Oasis Senior center craft fair and flea market, the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club car show and the Logan County Farm Bureau's Taste of Logan County.

Inclement weather came the days of the festival, but the festivities continued despite the weather. Active member of Railsplitter Antique Auto Club Leroy Ranthum says the number of first time participants was much higher than any of the cruise in's or car shows recently hosted by the club. Oasis Senior Center Executive Director Dom Dalpoas reports the craft fair completed the weekend with 60 vendors, which is 20 more than their goal for the weekend.

Member of city council and the Young Professionals Network Michelle Bauer is happy with the unique experience. She says it gives her organization a chance to establish itself in a profitable but entertaining venue.

“The Craft Beer Event allowed us to support BBQ, raise money for the new Land of Lincoln CEO program and get people together for a good time. We are very proud of our first attempt and look forward to an even better event next June,” Bauer adds.

The Oasis Senior Center partnered with the festival and receives 100% of the vendor fees which allows a community driven organization to obtain a larger profit. Vendors saw lower than expected sales despite this partnership.

Event organizers have been discussing potential changes for the 2016 festival. These include possibly changing the location of the entertainment stage and cutting the Sunday day of the event altogether. The car show would be added to Saturday if the Sunday events are cut. Changes could also be made to the barbeque competition format.

Those who attended Lincoln's Pigs & Swigs Festival are encouraged to fill out a feedback survey here or by visiting the festival's page at www.lincolnillinois.com.
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