- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SAVOY, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois festival has been canceled after failing to generate enough interest or revenue.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports trustees in Savoy voted to end its annual Orchard Days.

Trustees say the fall festival had underwhelming attendance during its five-year run.

It cost the village about $60,000 per year. Those expenses were supposed to be offset mainly by the hotel/motel tax. That tax provided about $35,000 per year. The rest of the cost of the festival had to be paid for out of Savoy’s general fund.

Trustee Jan Carter Niccum says: “Financially, it may be in our best interest to go in a different direction.”

Trustee Joan Dykstra voted to keep the festival. She says she hopes the board can find another way to bring the community together.

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