The Nothing Festival was accidentally created by a local resident who was fed up with the number of festivals in general and the prospect of another huge event by a large promoter. A tongue in cheek letter was sent to the city manager requesting a non-festival permit and was taken seriously!
So the first Nothing Festival was held in 1991 and the locals loved it. They could finally enjoy all the things that make life in a small town so special - no crowds or traffic. Visitors could easily make it to town without passes or hassles. A win-win for all.