We've had lots of questions about who is organizing the Brewfest and what the event proceeds will benefit.
A little history…..Downieville Improvement Group (DIG) started as an informal group of business owners and residents early in 2007 and the focus was promoting Downieville and helping in the community. At the end of each meeting, we’d pass a jar around for donations to pay for a town project that we’d plan to do. Over the years, we’ve accumulated a long list of accomplishments, including:
· Raising money for the famous “Fireless Fireworks” on July 4th,
· Working with the County to construct an Events Sign Board in Gold Rush Park,
· Providing the Welcome Banners on the streetlights,
· Sponsoring Gold Rush Days for several years
· Annual Clean-Up Day in Downieville in May
· Building a gazebo in Gold Rush Park
We decided to formalize our group and applied to the IRS to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our objective and purpose is “to hold events open to the public; the proceeds of which will be used to make improvements and/or to maintain public owned buildings, monuments, or works in and around the unincorporated town of Downieville, Sierra County, California, in order to lessen the burden of government by reducing the costs of governmental projects, and by directly benefiting the general public."
Our first Brewfest in 2015 was a huge success! We are proud to say that the Downieville Mountain Brewfest has been one of the largest COMMUNITY fund-raisers in the entire Sierra County. All proceeds from the event go back into our community, not into a promoter’s pocket.
The gazebo in Gold Rush Park was our first major project as a 501(c)(3). We formed a committee to work with the County to build the gazebo and the structure was completed in 2017. A plaque commemorating the list of contributors has been placed on a boulder near the structure.
We are now working on the last phase of the project-installing electricity to the gazebo to be able to light and supply power to the gazebo for music events and other purposes.
Around the same time, Kaylon Hall, a graduating Downieville HS Senior of 2018, had a vision of lighting Durgan Bridge (Courhouse Bridge) and made that the subject of her senior project; “Bright Bridge”. She has done a remarkable job organizing, overseeing her project and securing funding for the bridge lights.
DIG got involved with Kaylon’s project because we wanted to coordinate the needed electrical work in the gazebo with the bridge project. Proceeds from the 2019 Brewfest will go toward labor and materials to complete this project.
On the top of our list of future community projects is to paint our Downieville Community Hall. It desperately needs a facelift!
We’ve been working with the County to get this plan in motion, but it’s a slow process, due to several county restraints regarding labor and funding. But we haven’t given up and hope to see it happen within the next year.
So, besides having a really fun time at the Downieville Mountain Brewfest, your purchase of Brewfest tickets will help to make these projects turn into a reality! DIG thanks you for your support!