HEBRON – Most people in the Hebron area are familiar with the annual Hebron Music and Arts Festival, and now the festival is likely to be well known throughout the state, too.
“We would like to announce that we have been accepted into the Ohio Festival and Events Association,” said Chase Owens, the new Hebron Music and Arts Festival chairman. “This makes the Hebron Music and Arts Festival an official festival in Ohio. The Ohio Festivals and Events Association represents the finest community festivals and events throughout the state.”
Owens said there are many advantages to being an association member. “It’s a big step,” he said. “It’s a big benefit to marketing.”
According to the association’s website, membership means the association can be a source of many years of experience and expertise in the operation of member festivals and events. The association is also a source of vendors, craftsmen, concessionaires, amusement companies, entertainment and other vital information to its members. The association provides thousands of brochures distributed annually throughout the State of Ohio promoting its members’ events. And, there is great fellowship among member festivals and events that all work for common goal, which is crossing ethnic, cultural, religious and color barriers to best represent the festival and event industry.
Ohio Festival and Events Association secretary Kim Ortman said the Hebron festival had to meet specific criteria for membership. Each member festival or event must have been in existence and operated on a continuing basis, successfully, for at least four consecutive calendar years.
After the fourth consecutive year of operation, a festival or event may apply for acceptance and membership in the association. Then, an official representative of OFEA visits the event during its fifth year of operation and reports to the association’s board of directors, which makes the final decision. Ortman said a representative would also visit the following year to ensure the event’s quality hasn’t slipped. “They will be re-inspected next year,” she said.
Owens said the Hebron Music and Arts Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 28 and entertainment is still being organized. “Also, as always, we are looking for sponsorships and volunteers to be on the committee and help the day of the festival,” he said.
The festival was started by the Hebron Business Association For four of its five years, it has been held in Canal Park.