A fundraising event scheduled on the same weekend as the Wallingford Carnival has been forced to cancel after lower than expected ticket sales. 

One of the key organisers Jake Ramshaw said there could be multiple reasons for the low sales - and the future of the event was now uncertain. 

Crowfest Festival was launched in 2022 with the aim of raising funds for Wallingford and Crowmarsh Youth Football Club.

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It was set to return this year for the first time. 

The festival - run by volunteers - and scheduled for June 15 at Wallingford Sports Park has now been cancelled. 

A spokesperson from Crowfest said the team was unable to proceed due to lower numbers of ticket sales than normal.

"There are various factors - given the current climate paying money to go to an event might not be the top of priorities for people," Mr Ramshaw said. 

"People also may not have made up their minds - they might not do that until very late on but we had to make a decision now. 

"We had to ensure there was a guaranteed income."

Mr Ramshaw said the future of the festival was unclear. 

"Wallington and Cromarsh Football Club is a charity and they are now looking at income streams," he said.  

"We understand that this news may be disappointing, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

"This decision was not made lightly, but we must prioritise the financial viability of the festival and ensure the best possible experience for our attendees."

Full refunds will be issued for those who have already purchased tickets for the 2024 event. 

"The refund process will begin automatically, and you can expect to see the funds returned to your original payment method in due course," a spokesperson said. 

"We understand that you may have additional questions or concerns regarding the cancellation.

"Please feel free to reach out to our management team at info@wandcfc.co.uk for further assistance."

The festival had previously announced the line-up featuring music performances and a magician.

All sponsors, vendors, artists, stallholders have been contacted this week. 

Mr Ramshaw said there were plenty of other ways to support the local club through volunteering roles in administration or coaching. 

"We're always looking for support," he said. 

The club will be hosting an annual youth football competition on June 1 and 2. 

More than 200 teams will be coming to town across a weekend that promises to be a football-filled weekend and the community is welcome to come and support.