- Planet Erstwild - 20140424 - FairFest Press Conference

FAIRFIELD - Plans and lineup for FAIRfest, Fairfield’s signature free three-day music and sustainability festival, will be announced at a public press conference to be held April 24 at 10 a.m. in the Sondheim Theater of the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.

Presenters at the press conference include Mayor Ed Malloy, FACC director Rustin Lippincott, Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Morrissey, and FAIRfest organizers Savannah Rezarch-Bird, Erika Richards, Roland Wells and James Moore.

FAIRfest '14 promises to be bigger and better than last year's inaugural event which attracted over 6,000 attendees over three days and four nights, according to organizers, and featured more than 40 national, regional, and local musical acts, as well as keynote speakers on sustainability, and an array of local and regional vendors.

James Moore, co-founder of KRUU 100.1 FM, Fairfield's solar-powered, noncommercial community radio station organizing the event, said, “FAIRfest 2013 exceeded our expectations. This year we're kicking things up another notch and hoping to attract double the number of attendees.

The performance lineup includes Grammy award-winning acts and a great mix of local and regional talent.” All the top notch entertainment at FAIRfest during the June 20-22 weekend is free, Moore explained, thanks to the generous support of community supporters, businesses, and extended Fairfield community members who are backing the annual event, and produced by volunteers from across the community spectrum.

Fairfield radio station KMCD - Classic 96 is partnering with KRUU in sponsoring a separate stage in Central Park this year. The Iowa Source, the Fairfield Weekly Reader, and Fairfield Media Center are among media outlets already contributing support. Other key event sponsors will be named at the press conference and more are welcomed. Fairfest organizer and KRUU co-founder Roland Wells said in addition to sharing the event lineup, the intent of the press conference is to let people know the full scope and high caliber of the festival to attract visitors from around the state and beyond. “FAIRfest is a great showcase for Jefferson County, an event that can grow each year, and the perfect reason to come enjoy one of the country's Top 10 arts and smarts cities, according to Smithsonian magazine,” said Wells. “We hope visitors will stay for dining, shopping, exploring and lodging.”

FAIRfest '14 will present musical acts performing on a 40-foot stage located between the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center and the County Courthouse, in the Sondheim Center, and on the town square, and will include local and regional vendors, and a beverage garden. Many other surprises and new features to this year’s festival will be announced at the press conference. Everyone is invited to attend the press conference and contribute ideas, Moore said, and volunteer.