Organizers of PorchFest OBKY are already planning for the 2020 event, taking submissions for bands to play at the festival and charitable beneficiaries to receive the funds raised from merchandise sales.
According to Andy Brasher and Tamarra Miller, co-founders of PorchFest OBKY, band submissions were opened Friday and 20 were received by lunchtime. Brasher said he expects to fill at least 45 time slots.
PorchFest is still accepting submissions for the 2020 charitable beneficiary, which will receive all money raised from merchandise sales. He said they have received 30 submissions so far, “all from very deserving local organizations.”
Last year Wendell Foster was selected as the festival’s beneficiary and received $2,705.
Miller said she and Brasher are exploring the idea of having a kid’s zone or porch dedicated to their younger festival goers at the 2020 event and are looking into the possibility of a ticketed VIP area. But these aren’t the only changes ProchFest fans could see this year.
“We are looking into the possibility of bringing the spirit of PorchFest OBKY into the fall season, in addition to the annual June event,” Miller said. “We don’t know what this will look like yet, but there seems to be a lot of public interest in adding a fall version of the event.”
Planning for the 2020 festival began as last year’s event wrapped up, Brasher said. Details include securing porches and porch hosts, pouring through material from bands and solo act submissions, and safety and amenity concerns. The two also work with the City of Owensboro in selecting a date and making sure all the details are taken care of in advance of the festival.
“A lot goes into the planning of PorchFest OBKY,” Brasher said. “Tamarra and I head this up ourselves, so with so much work to be done, we have to start the process very early.”