The Odessa Record -

Future of Fest discussion meant to jump start prep work


Last updated 2/4/2017 at 3:52pm

--Photos for The Record by Terrie Schmidt-Crosby.

Stakeholders in Deutschesfest and other citizens interested in helping it succeed gathered Sunday in the community center to jump start preparations for this year's festival.

A fairly good-sized crowd gathered in the Odessa Community Center Sunday to discuss the increasingly precarious financial situation of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. Declining attendance at the Deutschesfest over the past several years has turned the community's once-largest money-maker into an also-ran now being outperformed by the hospitality tent sent up at the site of the Stumpjumper Motorcycle Club's Desert 100 endurance race in the spring.

Odessa Chamber of Commerce president Zach Schafer led the meeting and had printouts available to every person who attended showing the income and...

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