The first Community Festival in 1972 was organized by a group of newly-founded progressive community organizations: The Columbus Free Press, The Columbus Community Food Co-op, The Open Door Clinic, The Columbus Tenent’s Union, Switchboard, and Rape Crisis Center, to name a few. We became known as ComFest: Party with a Purpose. Many of the organizations from that first ComFest have become important community mainstays.
Over the years, the festival has become popular in and beyond Columbus. Today, the Community Festival is a non-profit organization in and of itself, entertaining and exchanging ideas with people from all 50 states and visitors from other nations.