SHERIDAN — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
That’s the philosophy Beth Holsinger, executive director of the Downtown Sheridan Association, and other staff members of the DSA are taking with the upcoming summer season.
Holsinger said that there will be few changes to the popular Third Thursday Street Festivals in 2016. The four festivals will take place on June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.
The festivals fall on some fairly key dates. The first Third Thursday will happen at the same time as the Big Horn Country USA concert as well as the beginning of the Big Horn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run. July’s event will take place during the Wyoming Theater Festival.
“Many of the food vendors are new, but I know a lot of the same people from last year signing up,” Holsinger said.
Currently, there are around 100 vendors signed up to be at the festival, which is on par with last year, but Holsigner expects more to sign up in the coming weeks.
“We typically end up with around 110 to 140 actual vendors,” Holsinger said.
Perhaps the only major change to the festival this year is the omission of Sheridan’s Got Talent. The talent show allowed the winner of the event each month to perform on the main stage the following month prior to the main musical act.
The primary reason for the change involved the reward for those who won the competition. Holsinger said it was too inconvenient for the winner of the competition to play only a few songs then have the main band set up for its performance.
“We really had no other way to reward the winners, so we decided to do away with it,” Holsinger said.
There will still be plenty of live music, however. Local bands including Tris Munsick and the Innocents, Gary Small and One Earth, Sidetracks and The Craft Brothers will perform at the festivals.
“It’s really just a fun time for every,” Holsinger said.