Blues festival seeks substantial funding from Truro

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TRURO – The producer of a popular blues festival in Bible Hill is asking the Town of Truro for ongoing financial support for the summer event.

Blues festival seeks substantial funding from Truro

During a Truro town council meeting on Monday, town CAO Jim Langille read a letter that was written by David DeWolfe, producer of the Dutch Mason Blues Festival. In the correspondence, DeWolfe said the way to make the internationally known festival

“bigger and better” is through sustainability. That, however, will require financial assistance, the letter said.

The letter indicates the festival’s budget is more than half a million dollars and there’s a “35 per cent increase” in the overall festival budget cost but there hasn’t been extra financial support in the last few years. Therefore, the festival is seeking a yearly contribution from the town of $20,000.

“I’d like to have a securement of financial records,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “We’ve requested (records) in the past but never received them … this is to practice due diligence.”

Mills said it would be prudent to consult Colchester County council about requests by the festival to them as well and to see what action the municipality will take before the town decides its position.

Coun. Tom Chisholm said he supports the festival but has difficulty handing out the finances.

“I think it’s great. I go every year … but it’s the public’s money,” said Chisholm. “I have a real problem giving money to anyone without knowing where it’s going. We need a lot more information from them and the county.”

Coun. Brian Kinsman suggested requesting the festival’s financial records from the last three years.

This year’s Dutch Mason Blues Festival, which will celebrate its 10th year in the area, takes place Aug. 8 to 10 at the Bible Hill raceway.

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