The Rotary Club of Edmonds announced this week that it intends to suspend the Edmonds Waterfront Festival for next year. The event, usually held the weekend after Memorial Day each year for the last 31 years at the Port of Edmonds Marina, will not be put on by the Rotary Club in 2019.
“We have taken this step after carefully evaluating and analyzing the return on investment, both in capital and volunteer effort, in the current format,” Rotary Club of Edmonds President David Kaufer said of the club’s involvement in the festival. There are a number of deadlines approaching, including sponsorship and vendor contracts, that would have to be met in order to put on the 2019 festival, and the club decided it wanted to take some time to assess the club’s involvement in the festival, he added.
The waterfront festival has been a major Rotary Club fundraiser with proceeds supporting Rotary programs and services. Among programs that benefit include college scholarships for local youth, support for YWCA transitional housing for women and their children, YMCA Partners with Youth, Boy Scouts, literacy, housing and international water projects.
“We agreed to look at the event in its current format and structure and determine if we can (or want to) bring it back in 2020 in a more viable format,” Kaufer said. The Rotary Club may launch a trial event or events in 2019, and the club “is actively in the process of exploring options with the Edmonds/Daybreakers Rotary Club– including potential new events — to continue our long history of supporting the Edmonds community,” he added.
“We thank the community for its amazing support and are excited about the next chapter in our club’s history,” Kaufer said.