Paducah, KY – The Paducah Summer Festival begins Thursday. This year event goers will notice some scaling back. Festival board chair Teresa Jeffrey says the festival has fallen victim to the down economy.
Funding has been cut, we've had to cut our budget in some areas, and in order to do that of course you have to do things on the other hand that will create interest and make people want to come down there.
Jeffrey is calling this year's festival a rebuilding year. This is the first time in the event's 43 year history for the majority of the events to be held on the Carson Center lawn. The festival will still have performers, kids' events, and a fireworks display. Jeffrey says organizers are hopeful the summer festival will expand again as funding rebounds.