Round Barn Festival
Festival goers have experienced children's carnival rides, a large assortment of festival foods, arts, crafts and many activities and entertainment all day on the main stage.
A twilight parade was held on Friday evening, featuring floats, fire departments, police departments, local businesses, churches, civic organizations, performance groups and MANY, MANY more!
Press Release, August 21, 2014
The Executive Director of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, Diane Spore, and the organization’s Board of Directors met yesterday, to discuss the future of the Round Barn Festival.
With thousands of dollars in electrical upgrades and repairs to the information booth necessary, declining attendance, and the negative financial impact to downtown businesses, the result was a unanimous vote “to forego hosting the Round Barn Festival in the future.”
During 6-8 months out of the year, some sort of preparation is made for the weekend event, using a lot of time and resources by the two person chamber staff and board. The Chamber leadership wants to take these resources and put them toward more business-oriented programs and events that are beneficial to the community.
According to Spore, “We have also listened to our members and the special concerns from our downtown retailers about the negative financial impacts of the festival on their individual businesses. We are taking the action necessary to alleviate that burden and to better align with our mission “to have supportive partnerships” with our members.”
Spore said the decision to end the festival was a very difficult one for the board. “We want to be the best possible stewards of our members’ chamber dues. We’ve been struggling to support this event for a few years now and at some point the negatives outweighed the positives. The community, and many of our board members, have great memories of this event. The chamber extends our sincere appreciation to those who founded the festival and to those who helped make it a success over the years.
Some of the Chamber’s current business-focused programs include hosting legislative breakfasts to keep the public informed on what is happening at the state house and the effects to local businesses; the Leadership Academy, which serves to stimulate, develop, promote and mentor community leaders; Business After Hours events, which are networking and promotional opportunities held at member businesses; the Chamber banquet, an annual event honoring the community service award recipients and presentation of business awards; ribbon cuttings and coming soon; networking luncheons and educational opportunities.
The Chamber will continue to host the annual Chili Cook Off and Red Hot Car Show. The 2014 event is set to take place in the streets of downtown Rochester on Saturday, Oct. 11th and teams are currently forming. This event features some of Fulton County’s very own businesses and service groups that serve our local community.
2014 Festival Sponsors
Putman Investigations and Bail Bonds ~ Putt's Bar and Grill
Dr. Frank Choate, PsyD, HSPP and Mrs. Chloeann Choate
Fulton County REMC
Mike Anderson Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM
New Holland of Rochester
Peterson, Waggoner, & Perkins, LLP
Wells Fargo Bank
Webb's Family Pharmacy
Blue Dragon Taekwondo
Business and Community Sponsors:
The Shopping Guide News – Zebra Marching Band
The Rochester Sentinel – Parade Sponsor
Good Oil – Parade Sponsor
TIC TOC Trophy Shop – T.A.G., Main Stage Entertainment
Fulton County Tourism – Promotions
Kroger – Festival Supplies
Lake City Bank – Tri-County Kickers – Main Stage Entertainment
Rochester Rotational Molding – Parade Sound and Emcee
Teacher's Credit Union – Round Barn Tours
Life Care Center of Rochester – Round Barn Tour Bus and Driver
WROI – Special Promotions
Gottschalk Realty – Fulton County Choral Club, Main Stage Entertainment
Kuert Concrete – Festival Security
Signs and Designs by Chad Lewis – Festival Signage
E & B Paving – Bluehour Jazz Band, Main Stage Entertainment
The Winning Edge – Parade Sponsor
Fulton County Best One Tire – Parade Sponsor
McDonald's – Event Sponsor
Burger King – Event Sponsor
All About Pets – Adrienne Frailey, Main Stage Entertainment
Janet Shaver – Trinity Home Health Care
Cliff St. Martin – Timberwolf Trading Post
Stephanie Barkman – Northern Indiana Community Foundation
Bethany Bauman – Wells Fargo Bank
Shoda Beehler – City of Rochester
Pictures by Rochester Sentinel