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Largest database of North American Fine Art Fairs, Music Festivals, & Craft Shows plus Festival Booking Tools from Festival Network Online!
Festival Network Online

About Us

Festival Network Online (FestivalNet®) publishes the most extensive and comprehensive database of festivals and fairs in North America. We wrap this data around technologically current tools and resources relevant to the professional exhibiting artist, craftperson, musician, band, service provider, booking agent, vendor, promoter, and festival goer. FestivalNet is a leader in the festivals and special events industry. We generate over 750,000+ monthly visitors and publish detailed event data on 26,000+ festivals, art shows, art and craft shows, music festivals, and other events. The newly added FN Community and FN Marketplace greatly expand our reach and presence in this market.

Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, FestivalNet® is staffed by eight genuine individuals with a combined 50+ years of experience in the music business, the festival/art & craft market and data technology. Real people you can call and talk to on the phone! Most importantly, we provide our customers with personal and rapid attention in order to aid them in their quest for success in the festival market.

FestivalNet's Giving Tree ...reinvesting in a better world.
Here at FNO, we believe that money is most valuable when it flows. We created the Giving Tree to help keep it flowing to the people and organizations that work so hard to make the world a better, more peaceful and compassionate place. Each month, we choose 2 organizations to receive a percentage of our gross revenues. So thank you for your support, your advertising and membership dollars that allow us to pass it on.

Learn more about our staff below. Read more here for the background story about FestivalNet. For further info, Contact our office, view our Privacy policy or visit our Press Page.

Festival Network Online Offers

 

Comprehensive Nationwide Detailed information for Professionals.
   Thousands of events throughout the U.S. updated and expanded daily.

Event Listings & Promotion Opportunities  for Festivals.
   We provide FREE listings and exposure for festivals and events.

Listings and Links for art, craft, festival, music biz Related Products.
   Other Resources related to the festival biz. Find Suppliers and Services
  plus list your product or service for FREE.

A Searchable Online Database with basic information on All our events.
   Our Basic Show Info Search is of particular interest to Festival Goers.

 
FestivalNet Staff

FestivalNet Staff
Kurt Irmiter
Partner Owner
Kurt Irmiter - Owner
When Kurt was about 10 years old, he met a man his Dad was purchasing a travel trailer from. For some reason Kurt found this man to be very interesting and liked something about him.  Later he asked his Dad what the man did, he said "he owns a couple of different businesses, he is a real entrepreneur." Kurt told his Dad, "That's what I want to be!"  Kurt's Mom & Dad told Kurt he could be whatever he wanted to be.  Fifty something years later after starting a lawn cutting business at 12, Kurt has owned: an entertainment booking agency, video taping service, festival food concession, college corner bar, ice cream/sandwich shop, web development & hosting company, and FestivalNet. Along the way he managed a movie theater, delivered news papers, pumped gas, picked peaches, sold news papers door to door, worked as an insurance claims adjuster, boarded horses, ran a ball park concession, managed his singer/comedian brother, Kier and managed a rock band... Currently Kurt is co-owner of FN and owner of BFDNet.net, (web hosting & development) and he is involved with a new non-profit Musicforhumanity.org. He has a BS in Financial Management from Clemson University and has 30+ years of experience in the festival business and the entertainment business. He is on a mission to revive the word "groovy", much to the amusement and sometimes embarrassment of his friends and wife.  He and Connie have lived in Asheville for 20 years.  Kurt plans to be an entrepreneur the rest of his life.
Connie Morris
Partner Owner
Connie Morris - Owner
Connie is co-owner of FestivalNet and the CFO of the company. She is a major animal enthusiast and passionate about animal welfare. She created and manages Lost Pets of Western NC, a free lost/found animal web site. Connie has lived in the Asheville area for 20 years with her husband and business partner, Kurt and their 2 cats. She has a degree in Urban Planning that she, thankfully hasn't used in a long time. She was in the special events business with Kurt for many years. She is an avid list-maker which keeps her from wandering around trying to remember what she was going to do next. She loves living in Asheville and is very grateful for the wonderful people (and animals) she has met here, especially the amazing team at FN. Her other fun past-times are planning special events and doing house renovations.
Julie Cochrane
Operations Manager
Julie Cochrane
Julie has been happily working with FestivalNet since December 2004. She loves live music, breweries, traveling, getting crafty, and FestivalNet's annual holiday party. She attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts and the University of Central Florida, backpacked Europe, studied in Madrid, exhibited photography in shows and competitions, performed with the Asheville Rebelles theater troupe and enjoys shooting live performance photography. She loves living in beautiful Asheville, NC.
Judith Richardson
Advertising
Judith Richardson
For most of her career Judith has dealt in the visual arts. She has represented artists to the international level. Judith enjoys working in advertising because it enables her to work with diverse people across North America. She enjoys the give and take of working with clients in order to discover their individual advertising needs. Judith has developed a loyal customer base and approaches each prospect with a long-term relationship in mind.
Richard Cepas
Programmer
Richard FNO
Richard was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and studied at Vilnius University for some time. A computer programmer since the end of the last century, Richard has been programming for FestivalNet since 2005. In 2009 Richard moved to the US and is now a resident of Florida's Gulf Coast. We are happy to now have him in our time zone!
Sara
Research and DB Management
Sara
Sara has been working for FestvalNet since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, raising her award winning llamas, scuba dive trips to Aruba, and her sweet boxer Lola. Her favorite thing about working for FestivalNet is the people she works with.
Shawn Kilby
Research
Shawn Kilby - Research
Shawn started with Festival Network Online in 1997. Those were the early days when the office was in the basement of Connie and Kurt's home. Shawn lived right around the corner from the office, so the morning commute could be done by bicycle. Shawn started out working in the office a couple of days a week, eventually was away from the company for a year or so, and now does research work from home part-time. Her full-time job, along with her husband Wesley, is raising their young son Tanner. They share their home with four furry family members, Chloe & Daisy (dogs) and Coco & Bitsie (cats).  Shawn enjoys gardening, camping with her family, and helping out at Tanner's school.
Jackie DeVore
Customer Service and Newsletter Editor
Jackie Robot
Jackie is an artist, a nerd-of-all trades, and is professionally friendly. She has a penchant for technology, art, fun events, and Batman. Jackie has experience organizing events, including a large-scale horror event in Asheville, NC. She also loves getting creative, taking on fun projects, and staying on top of the newest web-based features and applications. She currently resides in Savannah, Georgia with her bunnies and her drew.
Michelle Morrison
Jill of all Trades Assistant
Michelle Morrison
Michelle is very glad to be back working with the wonderful crew here at FestivalNet! Since we last saw Michelle, she's been busy restoring her new 100 year old house out in the beautiful mountains of WNC! Never one to sit still for a second, when not working you can find her busy with a 1000 different projects, playing her many records, going treasure hunting for vintage clothing, and swing dancing the night away. Most important to her is her family, friends, and maintaining a simple yet creative life. Living the dream!
Lola
Watch Dog
Lola the dog
Lola is a major love-bucket, full of energy and happiness, though she prefers humans of the female variety.
Cada (aka Wild Thing)
Massage Therapist
Cada
Cada (aka Wild Thing) is always looking for adventure. Will settle for unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper if nothing more interesting comes along. Will chase anything you throw for as long as your arm holds out.
Ghost, Omar, & Ramona
Trouble Makers
Omar
Ghost, Omar, and Ramona are the fluffy bunnies that live in Jackie's office. They prefer to spend their time flopping, knocking things over, chewing on shoes, and begging for bunny treats. They are constantly causing mischief in the cutest way possible.
Roscoe
Assistant to the Operations Manager
Roscoe
This cute ol' boy Roscoe was adopted by Julie in January 2015 from the Asheville Humane Society. He is a loyal office-mate offering soothing dog snores and quality canine company. Apologies in advanced if you're on the phone with Julie and hear his loud and awesome bark, he's a big talker.
In Loving Memory...
Rascal
Rascal
We said farewell to our little moon-eyed, zen kitty Rascal at the beginning of 2013. She was feline luke positive and had a wonderful, fun life for over 3 years.
McNulty
Lola the dog
McNulty left us all too soon, but had a happy bunny life while he was with us. He was always curious, and never steered away from adventure. He loved going outside to play in the grass, and he was the only bunny to cluck like a chicken. He is still missed by his life-mate, Omar.
Roxie
Roxie the dog
Roxie was an avid believer in labor laws, so as not to break them, she only worked about two 15 minute shifts a day. Which included, patrolling the premises for any unknown beings to greet and searching for food that had been dropped. She then rested the other 7 1/2 hours. =) As you can tell in her picture she was laid back and always out for a good time. Her favorite things to do were playing frisbee, fetch, and being the welcome wagon wherever she was. Roxie, we miss you so much!
Smoothie
Smoothy the dog
Smoothy worked very hard at distracting the humans at the office and got paid in doggy treats. She loved coming to work and her tasks included napping, playing with her toys, running around and messing up the rugs, begging for lunch scraps, and making sure squirrels didn't get too close to the office. 

She was also a big activist for Connie's website Lost Pets of Western North Carolina. When she was not at work, her hobbies included creek-swimming, sitting on the front porch, following mom (Julie) around the house, walks around the block, snow-flake-catching, and tug o' war.  We'll miss you, Smoothy.

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