New fall event to substitute for canceled Hobo Festival

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Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center director Jim Bryan — seen holding Pegasus, a pony — and the Laurel Hill Volunteer Fire Department will present "A Day in the Country Life" Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Gene Clary Park.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 18:16 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Following the Hobo Festival committee’s decision to cancel this year's event, two Laurel Hill organizations are stepping up with a substitute festival.

Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center and the city's volunteer fire department will present "A Day in the Country Life" Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Gene Clary Park.

The Hobo festival's cancellation was due to IRS regulation changes, committee member Betty Williamson said. The city couldn’t attain the tax-exempt status that it needed to have in time for the festival, Williamson said.

"It usually takes several months for it to be approved," she said. 

Safe Haven director Jim Bryan said he wanted to continue the city's tradition.

 "We didn't want to break up that commitment with the community," he said. "People are coming to Laurel Hill expecting there to be a festival on the second Saturday in October."

 Many of the food, merchandise and art vendors from the previous Hobo festival have committed to the so-called semi-Hobo festival, Bryan said.



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