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Hilliard exploring possibility of combining Solebrate! with Old Hilliardfest – ThisWeek News Article

By KEVIN CORVO Sunday March 9, 2014 4:53 PM Download a PDF version of this article.

Last year's inaugural Solebrate! Food and Music Festival lost money and now its organizers say a one-year break is needed to recruit and hire a director to promote the festival in 2015.

By that time, the event could have an entirely different look and even a different name.

Hilliard officials are exploring the possibility of combining Solebrate! with the city's flagship festival, the Old Hilliardfest Art and Street Fair, Mayor Don Schonhardt said.

Destination Hilliard, the city's marketing arm, has led the effort to establish and promote Solebrate!, which city and civic leaders meant to establish as a "signature event" for Hilliard along the lines of the Irish Festival in Dublin or the Tomato Festival in Reynoldsburg.