A mandate for inspections on temporary stages has factored into a decision to cancel Bloomington’s annual Picnic with the Pops.
The Bloomington Pops Orchestra has hosted the event on the Fourth of July at Ivy Tech’s campus for the past 14 years, but the group’s board of directors says attendance has been on the decline in recent years and costs have become prohibitive.
“The cost of Picnic with the Pops is very high, $95,000 to $100,000, and the attendance in the past two years has been less than 2,000,” Pops Orchestra Board President Keith Klein said in statement Wednesday.
Part of those fees come from tent and staging inspections the group would have to pay for. State regulations approved after the State Fair stage collapse last August require all stages, regardless of height, to be inspected by the state Fire Marshal.
Officials say they may resume the event next year if they can cut down on costs or receive more donations to cover the additional expenses.