Local businesses are stepping up to lend a hand to LouFest vendors after the event was canceled unexpectedly this week.
Festival organizers called off the event early Wednesday morning, citing “financial hurdles” and a rainy weekend forecast. Vendors and musicians, many of whom had paid hefty registration fees, were left wondering if they would be able to recoup their costs.
Alex Donley, co-owner of Gioia’s Deli, ordered more than 1,000 pounds of beef and pork in preparation for the event.
The total cost, along with the $3,000 LouFest registration fee, came to nearly $6,000.