“The four years that we did (the festivals), they made money one year, broke even another and lost money for two years,” Capps said. He said the lack of a suitable outdoor venue and the size of the indoor venues made it difficult to expand. Mountain Oasis also struggled to find sponsorships, he said.
“I felt like it was becoming more challenging, not less,” to produce the event, the Knoxville-based promoter said. The lack of affordable downtown hotel rooms during October — peak leaf-viewing season — also hurt, he said. Capps said he has no concrete or immediate plans to present another festival here.