he festival back in 2012. Citing the past few years as being tough financially, the Board felt it could not risk further financial set backs.
“This has been an extremely agonizing decision for the Board,” said Bryon Mazade, Board chairman. “We looked at different plans and ideas to move forward, but didn’t feel we could overcome past debt.”
Mazade said the Board would like to thank the many sponsors who have been so critical over the years and made the Summer Celebration possible.
“We’ve been able to offer very affordable main stage entertainment and an array of other activities to all of West Michigan,” said Board President Tim Achterhoff. “The sponsors have been the ones that allowed the festival to bring in the great entertainment names we’ve seen at Heritage Landing for the past 19 years.”
Volunteers were also noted.
“The Summer Celebration has been one of the biggest if not the biggest volunteer effort in Muskegon,” said Joe Austin, executive director. “There were years when volunteers logged over 24,000 hours to execute the event. Muskegon is blessed to have such generous people giving of their time – many throughout the year – to produce this event.”
A plan has been developed by the Board of Trustees to allocate the remaining funds to the vendors with outstanding invoices.