Spindale Dairy Goat Festival on 'hiatus' for 2013

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 06:30 AM

Citing the need for additional time “to build a better festival and show, not only for 2014, but for many years to come,” the Spindale Dairy Goat Festival, including the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) Show and Parade will not take place in 2013.

The parade will resume on Armed Forces Weekend, May 16-17, 2014.

According to a press release from festival organizers, the break is necessary to strengthen management and build partnerships that align with the festival’s mission, which, as stated on its website, is to “Think Globally – Act Locally – Make a Difference.”

Launched in 2010, the festival has certainly made a difference for Spindale, attracting thousands of visitors to the town and generating additional business for Main Street merchants since its inception.

The festival has also served as a showcase for local artisans and organizations, with vendors encouraged to sell wares that are made in the USA.

Spindale Dairy Goat Festival co-founder and organizer Beverly Kalinowski confirmed the break is temporary and said that it will be used to prepare for future growth of the festival.

“This event has grown amazingly fast, and we are at a crossroads with the potential to get even bigger. At present, we are not prepared to handle that growth in a graceful and satisfactory manner. Better to stop and shore up the weak points,” she said.

Kalinowski said that the festival began on a “shoestring and a dream” and will need more than that to grow. To date, Kalinowski and co-founder Ken Higginbotham have taken on the bulk of organizing and securing sponsorships.

“The town hopes that the hiatus will allow for an even greater event for the public in 2014 with appropriate sponsors and partners,” said Spindale’s Mayor Mickey Bland.

That is Kalinowski’s plan.

“We can all look at this hiatus as an insurance policy that it does last well into the future,” Kalinowski said.

There will be numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year for anyone interested in participating. Contact Beverly Kalinowski at 828-202-5700, and get festival updates at www.goatfestival.com.