ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca Festival will live on in 2019. After a plea for help in early December, the community rallied enough money to keep the Ithaca tradition going.

Festival Director Josh Dolan said the last few weeks have been a “whirlwind.” Organizers needed to raise $30,000 by the end of the year to keep the festival going, and on Wednesday Dolan said between individual donations from the community and sponsor commitments, they met their goal.

“The festival is definitely happening,” Dolan said. The festival will take place in Downtown Ithaca the weekend of May 31 to June 2.

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Over the past few weeks, local businesses including Maxie’s Supper Club and Oyster Bar, Buffalo Street Books and the Sacred Root Kava Lounge have stepped in to help Ithaca Festival with fundraisers, like the Chicken Fried Fundraiser at Maxie’s. Dolan said Downtown Ithaca Alliance has also been helping the cause.

Moving forward, Dolan said the festival needs to move from crisis mode to sustainability. As organizers shift their focus to volunteer recruitment, Dolan said anyone interested in volunteering can visit the Ithaca Festival website and fill out an application.

Kelsey O'Connor

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