Dear Friends of RenoFest:
For several years, RenoFest operated successfully with volunteer management and assistance. As RenoFest grew, it evolved into a 12 month planning and promotion operation. In time, two separate local organizations, with full time staff members and continued volunteer assistance, undertook to execute RenoFest’s year-long planning, promotion and production tasks. The first organization, HDDA, ceased to exist in 2013. Thereafter, for several years the Black Creek Arts Council (BCAC) managed the presentation of RenoFest. However, shortly before our recent RenoFest 2017 started, BCAC informed us it would not be able to continue as the sponsor of RenoFest after the 2017 festival ended.
Several months ago, Southeastern Bluegrass Association graciously agreed to sponsor RenoFest in 2018. However, in order to properly manage and operate a “national” festival on the scale the RenoFest had become would have required the performance of year-round activities completed by a fixed support staff to plan and coordinate the numerous components that a festival like RenoFest requires. After carefully weighing all of the possible options and alternatives regarding RenoFest’s future, Russ Jordan, Rob Jordan and I collectively decided that the festival would not go on any longer. Many factors were considered, not the least of which was our belief that it would be better to “go out a winner” rather than cut back on the scope and quality of the festival in order to continue.
We sincerely thank everyone ever associated with RenoFest. Through your hard work and efforts, RenoFest became a wonderful festival that we will all be forever proud to have been a part of. Most of all, we will miss the association we enjoyed with each of you through the 20 years RenoFest existed.
God Bless you all!
Russ & Billie Jordan
We have received a very supportive letter from Ronnie Reno. To view and/or print it, please use THIS LINK.
To view and/or print the Press Release about the end of RenoFest, use THIS LINK.