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The Oil Center Association cancels The Festival of Lights for 2019

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 22:24:24-04

The Festival of Lights which has been held in the Oil Center the last 25 years will not happen this year.

The Oil Center Association Board of Directors decided to cancel the event for 2019 only. The Board will be reconsidering the Festival for 2020.

"For now, the OCA is focusing on its mission and celebrating milestones achieved this year," a press release states.

Some factors surrounding this decision to cancel were the ability to raise funds to support such a large event, along with mitigation of risk as it pertains to a one-night outdoor event (weather conditions).

The growing costs of the event, along with the economic environment which created a deterioration of sponsorships, also weighed heavily on the success of the event, according to Oil Center Association.

This event was founded on showcasing the Oil Center’s businesses and merchants, and delivering an environment surrounded with the Christmas Spirit.

"To have an event be successful over so many years is a true testament to not only the cultural strength in Acadiana, but to a dedicated slew of board members and volunteers throughout the 25 years. We appreciate your dedication and support!" The OCA said.

The milestones mentioned in a press release for the Oil Center include: Coolidge Boulevard beautification of the Azalea Trail, Cultural District designation , Opportunity Zone designation, and Completion and implementation of the overall Oil Center Master Plan