“There’s a lot of activity going on in Owensboro,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, told his board last week. “We’re not hitting home runs, but we’re hitting a lot of singles. We’re getting ready for the recovery.”
Festivals, tournaments and concerts have been canceled this year by the coronavirus pandemic, causing tens of millions of dollars worth of lost income to the tourism industry.
But Calitri is hoping the recovery will start in time for Friday After 5, the free 16-week music festival that brings an estimated 70,000-plus people to downtown during the summer.
“We’re planning to start on May 21,” Kirk Kirkpatrick, a Friday After 5 board member, told the CVB at Tuesday’s meeting.
The festival has a budget of $200,000 and “virtually all of our sponsors for this year said, ‘Put us down for…