News release issued by Boomtown Days committee member Cameo Harrington:
(Joplin, MO) - The Boomtown Days Executive Committee regrets to announce that there will not be a 2013 Festival. The event was not held last year due to ongoing legal issues stemming from the 2010 discovery of misappropriation of funds by a former Festival committee member. These legal issues have since been resolved and full restitution was made to the Festival. However, the committee feels this offers a unique opportunity to re-evaluate the event and find new ways to rebuild the Festival into something bigger and better.
In 2001, a group of citizens and business leaders assembled to brainstorm ideas for events that would draw people into Joplin and enhance the quality of life for its citizens. Out of this session, Boomtown Days was born. The Executive Committee and Founding Partners believe that it is time, once again, to invite community and business leaders together to reimagine what Joplin's signature event could be. To that end, a brainstorming session to discuss changes that could be made to the Festival will be scheduled in the near future. The Executive Committee believes that it is time to rebuild the Festival into something better and they would like the community's input on how best to do that. A date and location for the brainstorming session will be announced soon.
Boomtown Days is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that began in 2001 under the name Festival of the Four States. It was founded in partnership of the City of Joplin, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau and is currently operated by volunteer committee.