Is the Barge Party coming back next year?
At the time, there are no plans to resurrect the Sandusky Bay Barge Party — a much-loved, twice-a-summer event attracting hundreds of boaters and revelers.
Festival organizers canceled the event mainly because they couldn't raise enough funds to purchase insurance. One barge party costs about $10,000, putting the summer's worth at $20,000. Organizers also faced resistance from local law enforcers charging people.
It's unknown exactly what would need to occur to bring the event back in 2014, however, sponsors providing a secure funding stream would likely help.
The barge party is centered on the sandbar, in the lake water just across from Cedar Point. Even organizers float a barge to the scene, effectively turning it into a floating stage that serves as the party's centerpiece, offering music and dance contests.