ISLETON, CA - Two years after the event was cancelled, the Crawdad Festival will return to Isleton on Father's Day weekend, but with a different name: the Cajun Festival.
City officials said the 2008 festival had low attendance, and complaints from vendors that the setup was not ideal for business.
"It allegedly ... didn't make the money that it should have produced, and all the bills weren't paid, so to speak," said Isleton Police Chief Rick Sullivan, of the 2008 festival. The following year, it didn't go on at all.
The festival had become one of the most popular in the region. The Chamber of Commerce said people came from as far as Canada to experience the small Delta town for the weekend, and enjoy the vendors, crawdads, and live music offered on Main Street. According to Sullivan, attendance reached 100,000 for the weekend during the festival's most robust years.
But he said the person who helped start the event in 1986 moved away, and took the event, and the naming rights, with them. Thus, the city will bring it back with the new name.
"It's probably going to take a couple of years for people to find out about the festival and start coming back," said Chamber of Commerce President Jean Yokotobi.
She said the chamber has cut costs to help the festival go on, while also being profitable. After a two year hiatus, the newly-named festival will happen over Father's Day weekend, the same time as in years past.
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