LouFest vendors recover from the festival’s cancellation, St. Louis comes together to support

A customer shops at Arch Fest, looking at apparel that was originally intended to be sold at LouFest 2018.
Photo by Kayla Drake

KAYLA DRAKE | Multimedia Producer

LouFest was supposed to celebrate its eighth year in 2018 of running in St. Louis, but it was canceled two days before the music festival’s start in Sept. 8-9.

Listen Live, the company that put on LouFest, issued a statement that they had to cancel the festival because they were unable to pay the vendors. 

Immediately after the cancellation food and apparel vendors were apprehensive about selling the access products they bought for the festival. But St. Louis residents showed up in droves to support local business, buying all 700 pounds of salami from Gioia’s Deli and packing Arch Apparel’s Arch Fest.

The weekend turned out so successful, vendors are planning to make it an annual event, according to Gioia’s Deli owner Alex Donley.

LUTV reporter Kayla Drake went to speak with the vendors about the surprising turn of events. 

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Kayla is our multimedia producer, so basically all things video and podcasts. She prefers to cover human interest stories because she believes we learn best by hearing personal testimonies of grief, passion, tribulation and activism. When Kayla is not editing or writing, most likely she is either hiking or eating. And by eating she doesn’t mean fast food, college grub, but the St. Louis restaurant scene (which is to die for). She is a proud St. Louisan and is passionate about being a part in the city's redemption. Look for the girl with the stickered out water bottle on campus and say hi.