DECATUR — The authorized proceedings to select more than the remains of the bankrupt Decatur Celebration expose there isn’t a complete ton remaining of any substantial value to repay creditors.

Just what is remaining to sell was outlined in a phone creditors’ meeting this week in which individual bankruptcy trustee Jeffrey Richardson questioned Claudette Davis, the last president of the Decatur Celebration board of administrators.

“I recognize there weren’t a large amount of belongings left … but what assets does the Decatur Celebration have at the time it submitted (for bankruptcy)?,” asked Richardson through the Wednesday listening to.

“There are items of household furniture, desks, chairs, submitting cabinets,” replied Davis. She also went on to list a forklift, a trailer, pcs, printers, wood staging and ticket booths.

Requested if there had been any monies however owed to the celebration, Davis said the Celebration was anticipating to get back again a $6,700 deposit previously compensated to an unnamed act for the 2020 clearly show prior to it was canceled. So much, having said that, that revenue has not been returned.

Richardson claimed he required to see the agreement and also stated he wanted to seem at the stored business office home furniture and other resources to full his possess inventory.

“Miss Davis, is there anything at all else that would assist me in understanding what I will need to do, for want of a far better word, to wrap up the affairs of the Decatur Celebration?” asked Richardson, a Decatur-centered legal professional.

Davis replied that she was not certain what he meant. “I am sorry, I am not absolutely sure how to solution that,” she reported.

Abraham Lincoln impersonators, from left, James Conine, Max Daniels, Randy Duncan, Larry Elliott and John Mansfield seem at Decatur Celebration in 2009. 

“Is there any income that is nevertheless due the company in addition to this deposit?” Richardson replied.

“No, sir,” Davis mentioned.

The Decatur Celebration, launched in 1986 as the “Midwest’s Most Interesting Household Avenue Festival,” introduced the excitement was in excess of in June with the collapse of the celebration and the submitting for Chapter 7 individual bankruptcy.

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The Celebration had mentioned belongings value just below $14,500 but reported its debts totaled just in excess of $81,000. At the time of its demise, the Celebration board of directors reported the show had been torpedoed by the onset of COVID-19. The virus was blamed for the cancellation of the 2020 festival, which would have been its 35th anniversary demonstrate, and the Celebration wasn’t equipped to recuperate fiscally soon after that.

“So, it is with a major coronary heart, we announce that Decatur Celebration, Inc. has… developed its ultimate street festival…” the June assertion from the board claimed.

Numerous of these owed funds are suppliers who paid $500 fees in advance to safe their place in the function and now want their cash back again.

Just one of them is Vinnie Barbee, whose hallmark barbecue food items was extensive a group beloved. He utilized the money he raised from Celebration sales to assistance fund numerous charitable events he stages through the yr, together with providing free of charge foods for homeless people today.

Barbee reported lots of other distributors experienced paid in progress and have been in the similar boat as him. “They cashed our checks but did not have no Celebration,” he reported. “So the place is all that money?”

The image that emerges of the remaining months of Celebration is that of an abrupt minimize-off in record trying to keep and organizational paperwork and accounting. At Wednesday’s creditors’ assembly, Davis mentioned the Celebration had last submitted taxes in 2019 for its 2018 fiscal year which finished Sept. 30.

“And the purpose for that was since our personnel, our comprehensive-time employees, would have been running and handling the day to day functions but, following the pandemic strike, we had to release them, we experienced to lay them off,” she explained to the bankruptcy trustee.

“We experienced to lay them off and our board is a volunteer board, all of us operating entire-time jobs, so the management of all those forms of routines was not finished.”

Richardson told lenders the procedure of sorting as a result of Celebration’s belongings and deciding what could be sold was underway. He claimed he would be submitting a report with the personal bankruptcy court on his findings and then the courtroom will send out a next detect to creditors inviting them to file a proof of declare.

“Make absolutely sure you glance at the upcoming see you receive for the reason that it does not make a difference where by you are in the pecking get about getting paid out, if you really don’t file a evidence of declare there is no pecking buy as significantly as you are worried,” he warned them.

Calls trying to get further more information and facts from the trustee, lawyers for Celebration and from Davis were not straight away returned.


Abraham Lincoln impersonators, from left, James Conine, Max Daniels, Randy Duncan, Larry Elliott and John Mansfield show up at Decatur Celebration in 2009. 

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