Dan Emmett Festival crowd

Visitors flood the streets of downtown Mount Vernon during the 2019 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.

MOUNT VERNON – The board of directors of Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, Inc. is pleased to announce the renaming of the four-day August event to the Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival. 

"The vote to rename the festival came as a result of community and board interest in re-energizing the event,” said board president Joe Rinehart. “These conversations started informally around three years ago, but grew in the last eight months when we launched a community survey to ask for input. That survey led to further conversations about finding a name that reflects the simple where and what of the festival."

The board also voted to name Joseph Bell as Festival Director. Bell will continue to lead efforts with the board and community volunteers in planning and executing the four-day event. Trina Trainor, board secretary, will also serve as Assistant Festival Director.

The Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival will host a community open house to reveal its new logo and announce this year’s headline entertainment on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel Ballroom, 12 Public Square. There will be a brief reveal presentation and comments from Bell at 6:00 p.m.

The open house will include appetizers, promotional items, and a chance to win door prizes. There will also be opportunities to discuss sponsorships and becoming a Friend of the Festival. 

The 2020 Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival is Aug. 13-16 around the Public Square and the streets of downtown Mount Vernon.

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