Purplish and reddish hues in a photo of several young people, black and white, holding their fingers as peace signs in the air, cheering and clapping under a tent with the words COMFEST in orange at top


ComFest announces its 2018 Logo Contest and calls all artists to enter original designs.  Each year the selected logo appears on ComFest tee shirts, ComFest beer mugs, and the cover of ComFest Program Guide and thus becomes a part of the festival’s history. A public viewing of entries will be held on Thursday, March 1; 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Goodale Park Shelter House.First round of voting includes the attendingpublic. The three finalists will be reviewed at the following ComFest General Planning meeting on March 25, where a final selection will be made. 

Guidelines and details are found on the website, comfest.com. Artists should always include the Hopewell Symbol in the design, along with the date of the festival, a reference to ComFest/Community Festival, and promote harmony, tolerance, and peace in its essence. Remember: ComFest is a progressive organization dedicated to an inclusive community. 


ComFest Grants provide nonprofit community organizations with money for special projects. Each year the festival gives away thousands of dollars to deserving projects. (For a list of some of the past awards, visit comfest.com.) Over the past decade more than $100,000 has been sown back into the Columbus community to help children, people with disabilities, women and families. That money comes from festival goers who purchase ComFest beer and wine, shop the ComFest booth for memorabilia, and support the local vendors and craftspeople who line the famed ComFest Street Fair. 

ComFest recently added a Donation feature on the webpage. Friends can now donate directly to the Comfest grant fund via the web site. This enables supporters to contribute to the fund throughout the year.

Go to www.comfest.com for more information or to donate today. All contributions help ComFest grow the grants fund and offer more money to more organizations annually. 

Grants Applications are found on the ComFest website. The deadline is January 16, 2018. Nonprofit organizations are eligible. For those who missed this year’s deadline, now is a good time to start thinking and planning for next year. Browsing the application can help organizations know what is required and prepare for it. Applicants can begin submitting at the end of each year’s festival.


Artists are encouraged to apply for ComFest Art in the Park. Each year artists create wonderful temporary sculptures and installations to inspire and intrigue festival goers. Applications and details will be posted on comfest.com in January. ComFest pays $200 for art and building supplies, if selected. Celebrating art is at the core of the festival, and provides ambiance and promotes ComFest principles. Often the art highlights progressive environmental and social ideas. Deadline is May 1, 2018.


Applications are live online at comfest.com!

Musicians, poets, comics, dancers, speakers, and groups with workshop ideas should apply at comfest.com now. Deadline is March 1, 2018. ComFest seeks workshops and speakers addressing the most vital issues of the day, the zeitgeist of the community.

Organizations applying for booth space in Street Fair should consider offering a workshop. Deadline is March 1, 2018.

Vendors and Community Organizations applications for Street Fair go live in February and deadline is always April 20, 2018.

Volunteer sign ups begin March 1, 2018. Sign up early to get the position you want. In particular, the festival needs First Aid, Safety, and Clean Up/Recycling. These are key areas to the success and continuation of the festival. People with skills in these areas are encouraged to sign up, but experience is not necessary. Volunteers receive the official ComFest Tee Shirt sporting the 2018 logo plus tokens good for food and beverages.

ComFest operates on Volunteer Power.  This is what makes ComFest the favorite festival of the summer in Columbus.  It is the Community Festival.


The Community Festival Libations committee is pleased to announce that the 2018 festival's beer selection will be fully committed to supporting our local community! 

ComFest beers will be 100% local! The taps previously held by large national brands will be replaced by Four String's Hilltop Lager and a brew by Columbus Brewing Company that has yet to be determined. 

Local breweries will be invited to showcase their crafts to become the brewer of the 2018 ComFest beer! Begun in 2017, the program was such a success it will be expanded to allow more breweries to participate. Once again, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Community Festival Grants Fund! The application can be found at: http://bit.ly/ComfestCraft. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018


Go to comfest.com for festival news and announcements. The new ComFest website, including applications, is updated and much more user-friendly. All meeting dates are listed there; the public is welcome and new members encouraged to get involved. Follow ComFest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay current on festival plans and announcements. 


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