After terms met and concessions made to the city and vested interests that hindered the Isleton Chamber of Commerce from moving swiftly to get this 2013 year's festival on track, the Chamber can now move forward. Festival producer Jean Yokotobi, outgoing president of the new and improved chamber revived the old famous Crawdad Festival as the Cajun Festival. The first year of 2011 was a success as it was crime free and family oriented with great entertainment and food & fun. Same great event last year, but due to a heat wave and fewer resources, they lost money. This year was going to determine if the festival could be saved and taken back to it's original success and glory without the drunkenness and problems.
DNR has learned that Isleton's Merchant Association, headed by resident Chuck Hasz, is one source of the problem behind the opposition to the Chamber of Commerce. According to DNR sources, Hasz wants to takeover the festival. With one or more city councilpersons supporting his group, they seem to have enough influence over the city manager and the rest of the council to do so. According to Secretary of State records Hasz is listed as president, although he has no storefront business in Isleton. Hasz business partner City Council member Elizabeth Samano was involved in this CBS13 affiliate report...“It’s a lawless town. Nobody wants to say anything because they’re afraid that they’ll be hurt,” said the anonymous source.
This year the security will be better as Sacramento Sheriffs Office has taken over law enforcement in Isleton. It's new family oriented direction will make for a great fathers day week-end this June 14,15 &16. for more info...http://isletoncajunfestival.net/