Horicon music festival on hiatus

February 1, 2019 GMT

The Jersey Street Music Festival in Horicon will fall silent this summer, but organizers are planning on its return in 2020.

Created in 2013 by the nonprofit Horicon Phoenix Program, the event was billed as the biggest small-town music festival in the world. The free, two-day event featured a diversity of music focusing on local and regional talent.

A recent post on the festival website and Facebook page read, in part, “During this hiatus, we plan to do the things necessary to build upon the same top quality entertainment we have always provided and come back even stronger.”

Phoenix Executive Director Liz Darner said canceling this year’s festival was a difficult decision that came down to lack of funding.

“A local foundation which had been a major donor to our program chose not to fund us this year,” Darner said. “As a result, we had to cut back somewhere.”

Darner said festival costs were more than $20,000, so it only made fiscal sense to back off of it.

“Music at the Market, our summer concert series, is our most popular event and that’s where our focus lies now,” she said.

The Horicon Phoenix Program plans to make fundraising a priority this year so they can bring Jersey Street Music Festival back in June 2020. Darner said the fundraising events are fun.

“We held a Flashback Dance last Saturday that was wildly successful,” she said. “That event was part of our Cabin Fever fundraisers. The next one is a Trivia Night on Feb. 9. We want people to come out over winter and have a good time.”

Although the Jersey Street Music Festival will not take place this summer, the Horicon Phoenix Program is planning a community celebration June 15 that will include music, food and drink.

“Our group worked tirelessly to help restore the Discher Park Pavilion and we’re hoping everyone will join us for its grand reopening,” Darner said.