Auburn’s annual Autumn Days has been canceled according to the city’s tourism commission. The weekend event, which has been going on for 25 years, is usually held the end of September. However, due to lack of attendance the past few years and other events going on in the community the same time, the commission has decided to cancel the long-running festival.
“We decided to move Auburn’s festival to August 12-13 and rename it ‘Dog Days of Summer,’” said Becka Cox, a member of the commission. “We are hopeful that moving the event will free up citizens to come and enjoy what our city has to offer.”
At this time plans are being made by the commission and volunteers to see what will be featured at the new festival. Tentative plans include a band, street dance, bouncies for kids, food vendors, a glow run, silent auction and a pancake breakfast served by the Auburn Legion.
“We are still trying to nail down what will be going on that weekend,” said Cox. “We know we will have a few returning themes, but we want to make a fresh start and have something that the city has not had before.”
Auburn’s Tourism Commission is currently seeking members to help with these plans, as well as future plans for the city. Auburn is a great little town and offers many enjoyable activities, as well as a clean and friendly park, great businesses and neighborly citizens.
Another change this year may be Lewisburg’s Purple Martin Festival. This is another event that has been going on for decades. Unfortunately, lack of participation and volunteerism may end this annual affair as well.
The Purple Martin Festival celebrates the bird, which is a large part of the community. The festival is usually featured the first weekend in June. Logan County’s Fourth District Magistrate Drezel Johnson was heard saying at a fiscal court meeting he wasn’t sure it was going to be held this year.
“It’s kind of sad to see it go, but I understand the interest just isn’t what it used to be,” said Lewisburg Clerk Angela Swinney. “Maybe one day someone will get it to going again.”
The Lewisburg Lions Club is a large supporter of the Purple Martin Festival. The club meets once a month and so far the festival has not been discussed.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.