Labor Day weekend typically means a slew of cultural festivals within the Higher Cleveland space. Whereas lots of them are enjoyable for the neighborhood at giant, for the ethnic communities they serve, the occasions are a monetary lifeline — however not this 12 months.
John Elliott, the President of the George Varouh Cretan Club of Cleveland, advised ideastream he’s having withdrawal signs proper now.
”We needs to be getting ready proper now, it’s final minute,” he mentioned. “We needs to be establishing the tents and establishing the cubicles and cooking meals!”
However there shall be no cubicles, because the 10th annual Kamm’s Corners Greek Pageant was canceled due to the pandemic. The pageant usually runs Friday by means of Monday of Labor Day weekend, drawing about 5,000 folks and elevating an estimated $150,000. The membership makes use of the cash to take care of its occasion heart, fund scholarships and donate again to the neighborhood.
“Cancelling the pageant this 12 months and having a 200-seat occasion heart as effectively simply has been a double whammy,” Elliott mentioned, including that it “has been fairly dramatic from the monetary stability of the group.”
Luckily, Elliott mentioned his group was in a position to qualify for a federal mortgage to assist them by means of this 12 months. In addition they held a NCAA-related fundraiser within the spring, and have been receiving donations all through the pandemic.
Michael Horvath, President of the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting, is having comparable emotions of lacking out on one thing this Labor Day weekend. His group was purported to be internet hosting the 65th annual Hungarian Festival on Sunday, however that occasion was additionally canceled due to the pandemic.
“It’s an incredible loss for our group not solely financially, which implies a lack of tens of hundreds of dollars in revenue for our scouting organizations right here within the Higher Cleveland space, but additionally socially and culturally,” he mentioned.
The Hungarian Pageant is the group’s largest money-making occasion of the 12 months. The proceeds are used to take care of buildings and camp grounds owned by the Hungarian Scouts and to assist 4 native scout troops all year long.
Horvath mentioned the group has been holding a “Silent Benefit Ball” this summer time to solicit donations in an try and bridge the anticipated monetary shortfall from cancelling this 12 months’s pageant in addition to a ball often held within the spring.
The group did take into account making the pageant a drive-thru occasion this 12 months, he mentioned, nevertheless it didn’t make monetary sense. It additionally would have been troublesome to make sure social distancing within the kitchens, leaving no different possibility however to cancel the occasion.
“Loads of these festivals haven’t actually been in a position to get collectively and arrange like they usually would and it’s simply kind of slowed all the things down,” he mentioned. “With all of the transferring components it simply grew to become unattainable to get all of it collectively.”
Campana estimates that in a standard 12 months there are almost 80 festivals held on Labor Day weekend throughout Ohio. This 12 months, he’s guessing possibly 4 or 5 of these are nonetheless being held, with half of these going to a drive-thru mannequin.