Festival options presented to council Oct. 15

stillwaterThree event-planning groups are vying for Stillwater City Council permission to host a new summer festival in the city.

The groups are Filo Productions of St. Paul, Genius of Fun Events of Saint Croix Falls, Wis., and Minneapolis and Mid-America Festivals Corp of Shakopee.
The three finalists are considered heavy hitters in the event-planning industry, according to information presented in their proposals.

Filo Productions has produced fan festivals internationally and in the U.S. for the NBA, Major League Baseball and U.S. Tennis Association. They propose “River Jam” and “Sawmill Days” as the name of their festival. Recent productions include Hope Rocks at the Depot in Minneapolis, a benefit for Hope’s Lodge.

Genius of Fun Events has produced numerous art and music festivals in the St. Croix River Valley including the music on the Overlook series in St. Croix Falls, Wanigan Days in Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls, the St. Croix Falls Autumn Fest and Franconia Sculpture Park’s Art and Artist’s Celebration and Summer Music Festival. They’ve proposed “The Spirit of Stillwater.”

Mid-America Festivals Corp. produces Renaissance Festivals in Shakopee, the California Bay Area, Kansas City and Michigan, and the Trail of Terror.
The council will hear pitches from each company at their 4:30 p.m. meeting Oct. 15 and select a proposal by the end of the month. They’ve proposed an event called “Stillwater River City Days”

The re-instatement of a summer festival in 2014 would come on the heels of having no festivals the last two summers after Lumberjack Days was discontinued when event organizer David Eckberg faced charges of unpaid bills and the event faced increased community disapproval. Eckberg is currently seeking dismissal of those charges.