Crawfest Founder denies city’s help


CORRECTION: If the event profits more than $20,000, he will reimburse the city. 

ORIGINAL STORY: The founder of Crawfest says he will handle the costs himself and festivities will go on without the city’s help. 

Matt Snyder and his partners have been running Crawfest for three years now and he says this year’s expenses will reach $80,000. 

Snyder says he talked to SPAR about security needs and parking. He then created an ordinance with the city to ease the costs. 

The ordinance included funding of 20 percent of the event for those costs. If the event profits more than $30 thousand, he will reimburse the city. 

This would be a first for this city council by partnering with a for-profit event, but Snyder says he decided to not even take the city’s offer. 

“We will not be taking anything from the city,” Snyder said. “Not a cent. Again, we go back to never taking a cent from the city. Taking all the risk and putting it on ourselves.” 

Crawfest will be held March 22 and 23 at Betty Virginia Park. 

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