Clearwater Music Festival scales back after $190K loss

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The Clearwater Music Festival is scaling back after financial losses.

Instead of a two-day festival, Clearwater says it will hold a weekend of environmental activism in June at Croton Point Park along the Hudson.

Organizers say attendance will be limited to about 500 people due to the smaller venue.

Clearwater's executive director, Greg Williams, says last year's festival lost about $190,000. He said it happened in part because a wet weather that drove down attendance and the high cost of producing music festivals.

The annual Great Hudson River Revival has been billed as the country's oldest and largest music and environmental festival, drawing thousands of people each year to Croton Point Park since its humble beginning back in 1969.

But this year there won’t be a Great Hudson River Revival. Instead, the annual event will be smaller and will change its name to Clearwater Community Celebration.

Attendance will be capped to 500 people.

Williams says a smaller event, which is a strategy to pay off bills owed to vendors from previous years, will help them get back to their roots.

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