The last Sunday in August is going to be a much quieter day in downtown Boise this year.
Tuesday, May 17
The circus-like Curb Cup, which drew tens of thousands of people downtown at the end of August in 2009 and 2010, will not be happening this year.
Shelley Bennett of Brix & Company and The WaterCooler confirmed the event has been canceled.
UPDATE: Organizer Mark Rivers called Boise Weekly this morning to state that there will be no Curb Cup this year simply because it takes a lot of work—and a lot of money.
"It's a great event. I love it and I love what it's become in the community. But it's a big burden and and it's a big expense," Rivers said. "A lot of people think certain events happen because they just happen, rather than there's one person who picks up the check for dinner," he added with a laugh.
While attendees and performers seemed to enjoy Curb Cup, Rivers said he had no idea how downtown Boise businesses felt about it.
"One of the reasons I wanted to do [Curb Cup], particularly on a Sunday, was to create some commerce and activity on a Sunday in late summer when typically things are a little slow," Rivers said. "But I’ve never had any feedback. I don’t want to do this just because I think it’s a good idea. If businesses don’t really care, then why are we doing it?"
When asked if someone with money and time came along, would he be willing to hand the event over, Rivers' answer was not a straightforward no, but it was definitely not a yes.
"A lot of it depends on if someone had a different vision of it," Rivers said. "I think the vision has been pretty good and I wouldn’t want to see it get dumbed down or sterilized. I think it has to be folksy and grass-roots-y. If someone is interested in helping, they should be interested in helping us do it. It would be easier."
Rivers is willing to revisit the event and leave the door open for 2012, but he's not sure there's enough support out there to bother.
"It’s funny, I haven’t heard anything myself in the last day from anybody," Rivers said. "It’s one of those things where I think everybody liked it, but I’m not sure how deep the passion is for it. I have had a total of zero phone calls. Zero. I just want to be careful that it’s one of those events that people like you or I think is great, but if nobody else does, what’s the point?"