Lancaster Festival Responsible for $9.9M Impact in Fairfield County

Celebration of music, arts and community a “mighty visitor attraction engine”

The Lancaster Festival recently announced the results of its 2023 Economic Impact Analysis, underscoring the depth and breadth of the festival’s significant contribution to the economy and quality of life in Fairfield County and the State of Ohio.

Bringing 50,000 visitors to Fairfield County each summer, the 2023 Lancaster Festival generated $12.5 million of economic impact in the State of Ohio and $9.9 million in Fairfield County, according to the independent analysis firm, Silverlode Consulting. With visitors from 67 of Ohio’s 88 counties and 32 different states, the analysis concluded that “The Lancaster Festival is a mighty visitor attraction engine.”

Infographic displaying economic impact of the 2023 Lancaster Festival on Lancaster, Ohio and the region's economy.

2023 Lancaster Festival Impact

• The festival generated $5.2 million in visitor spending, including lodging, food and retail.
• Volunteers donated $408,000 in labor value to the 2023 festival.
• Each dollar of Grant or Donation produces $13.67 in economic impact locally and an additional $3.58 for the State.
• The festival generates 99 jobs in Fairfield County and supports 67 households, while generating 111 jobs and supporting 75 households statewide.
• Downtown Lancaster businesses identify a 50 percent increase in revenue during the festival, and lodging in the area is nearly all booked to 100% occupancy during the duration of the festival.

“I’m particularly proud of the fact that over the last five years, we have seen a 40 percent increase in economic growth and a 10 percent growth in jobs generated by the festival,” said Deb Connell, Executive Director, Lancaster Festival. “It’s also important to note the significant contribution our volunteers make in donated labor and services. Without these generous and supportive people and their incredible dedication, there would be no Lancaster Festival.”

The Lancaster Festival holds more than 50 events at 20 locations throughout the county during the last two weeks of July. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Lancaster Festival, which will run July 18-27, 2024. The full entertainment and event schedule will be announced later this spring.

The full Economic Impact Analysis can be found on the festival website.

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By Temple Montanez

Temple is a Senior Account Manager with Krile Communications. A Lancaster native, her love for writing, reading, and all things creative is surpassed only by her love for her family.