Fiesta Columbus is gone

By Semone Doughton - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - For the last three years residents from all over this area have enjoyed the thrills, chills and spills of "Fiesta Columbus". But no more!

A country in recession plus an expired contract has ended the spring fair in the fountain city. "The contract was up, the carnival company that we were using there expenses for fuel went up a million dollars last year overall. So they're having a hard time getting their people who do the games and concessions to come out this early, says Civic Center Marketing Manager, Robin Walker.

But Walker says not to worry though. The Greater Columbus Fair will be back as always in late September. But despite the set-back with Fiesta Columbus, Walker says events at the Columbus Civic Center are selling out and selling well. "We're trying to keep everything affordable, so that everyone can afford to comes, says Walker."

And the crowds are coming. In fact revenues at the Civic Center this year are up from this time last year. So whether it's to catch a live performance, a conference or a sporting event these seats are being filled, recession or not. "I think a lot of it is people aren't spending the money to go out of town, but they will spend a little money to come and have a great night of entertainment with their family and their friends,"says Walker.

Walker says there was a 3-year contract deal with Fiesta Columbus and the contract simply expired and the company carnival choose not to come back . In the meantime there are several events planned at the Civic Center in the coming weeks including the first ever Broadway show to be held there.