PROPHETSTOWN – After financial considerations forced the cancellation of this summer’s Prophetstown Powwow, the event’s organizer said it will be back next year.
In 2005, local resident Dan Eads started the event held along the banks of the Rock River in Prophetstown State Park. The event, which features Native American dancers, musicians, food, arts and crafts, draws hundreds of people to the area. Tipis are set up along the banks of the river.
The event is always held the first weekend in August. Eads said the decision to cancel the event was made in early July.
“We’ve had a hard time getting donations, and most years costs have been coming out of my pocket,” Eads said. “I had some big expenses come up this year at the last minute, and I just couldn’t do it.”
Eads said in years past it has cost between $2,000 and $3,000 to organize the powwow. He said he contacted people about the cancellation through his personal Facebook page.
Several area campgrounds and hotels are closely involved with the event, putting up visitors who can’t find space at the state park.
For those disappointed by the cancellation, Eads said Rock Island has a Labor Day powwow in which he plans to participate.
In the meantime, organizers are ratcheting up their fundraising efforts, planning some raffles and other events to be announced later.
“We’re working harder to bring in the donations,” Eads said. “We’re definitely planning to do this in Prophetstown next year.