PITTSBURG — The Little Balkans Days Association is moving the festival into the future by reconnecting with its roots.
The association announced Tuesday that it will be moving the festival to Lincoln Park in 2017 — the first home of the festival. Little Balkans Days Association President Angela Meyer said moving the festival to Lincoln Park made logistics easier, but also recaptured the vintage feel of LBD.
“We’re always trying to keep things fresh, but we also want to reconnect with the vintage feel,” Meyer said. “The park has more green space, shade, and we want people to really feel like they can camp out for the whole day with their family.”
She said it also expands the reach of LBD, giving visitors multiple sites to explore. Shops in downtown Pittsburg — the former home of the festival — will still be open, and the farmers’ market and Little Balkans Quilt Guild Quilt Show will still be hosted downtown.
Vendors, arts and crafts, children’s games and more will be moving to the park. The Folk Life Festival will have it’s own area, Apex Stage’s will be provide a stage again this year, and Meyer said the band is booked for the main concert, which will be at the band dome in Lincoln Park.
“The band dome at night just creates a really cool atmosphere,” Meyer said. “The Apex stage gives us even more opportunities for entertainment, and Pittsburg State University is working on a shuttle to transport people so they won’t have to worry about finding parking at the park.”
The name of the main stage act will be released in the near future. Meyer encouraged folks to check the Little Balkans Days Facebook page for updates.
Meyer said the festival association does not want to draw people away from downtown, but moving to the park is the best option to build the festival back to what it used to be.
“We by no means think downtown is a bad atmosphere, it is a great atmosphere,” Meyer said. “We are just trying to add space and events.
“We want people from all over the area to come spend the weekend in Pittsburg, at the park, downtown and at our businesses and restaurants, and make this a celebration for all of Crawford County.”
The Little Balkans Days Festival will be September 1 through 3 this year.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.