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River Festival organizers say bad weather and a struggling economy are the reasons why they saw a significant drop in attendance and funds this year. That budget shortfall is now raising serious concerns about festival leadership.
The River Festival is expecting a $225,000 shortfall by year's end. That's according to an internal memo sent out to Wichita Festival board members, a memo the public wasn’t supposed to see.
It’s an amount officials say they've suffered before, but the real question is, are they hiding something? Some people close to the organization say yes.
Organizers say the budget shortfall is not necessarily accurate, because money is still coming in. They say they are already looking at alternative sources of revenue and may even consider changing the date of the festival.
KAKE News was scheduled to meet with the Wichita Festivals president to talk about the internal memo she wrote, but she never showed up.