The 2010 Community Festival continued a tradition in taking over Goodale Park in the Short North. Originally a campus event put on yearly between the off-campus student centers of major religious organizations in the 1970's, Comfest moved down to the Short North in 1983 because of the lose of some of these centers to the economy. Not having readily available buildings anymore to put on the festival, Comfest became a tent and outdoor event in an empty lot between High Street and Goodale Park. Slowly, the festival started taking over Park Street as well as putting a few things in the park. In 1993 they empty lot became the construction site for the Victorian Gate Apartments and Comfest had to get serious about renting out the Park. The idea of selling beer and having multiple stages of local bands brought down an ever larger crowd without having to charge admission. Vendor booths began to stretch a mile. Today, it is a $600,000 a year event that stretches the Park to its capacity across three days in the end of June. 2010 saw the beginning of ending the music at dark and closing early.Park and Goodale Blvd. are closed to traffic and contain half of the vendors and the Jazz stage next to the many new buildings since 1993.
Many people wonder if Comfest can remain in Goodale Park or will have to find a better place. Very few cities could pull-off this kind of event for free. Very few festivals can go with the punches and keep moving and changing like Comfest.