June 25, 2020 10:46:08 AM
The annual Market Street Festival held downtown has been canceled for this year due to health and safety concerns around the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Main Street Columbus representatives announced the cancellation in a press release this morning, calling it a "difficult decision." The 25th anniversary of the festival will now be held on May 7-8, 2021.
"We can't wait to celebrate our community and friends together next year in what is certain to be the most anticipated Market Street Festival yet!" Market Street Festival Coordinator Amber Brislin said in the release. "Heartfelt thanks to all of our long-time volunteers, vendors, sponsors, musical talents, and supporters for your unending support and love. We appreciate the community for supporting our decision."
The event was initially supposed to be held on May 1-2, and was postponed to Sept. 11-12 when the pandemic first began.
Main Street Columbus Director Barbara Bigelow said it is "thankfully" the first time the event has ever had to be canceled.
"I am sorry that this difficult decision had to be made but we are certain it is the right one," she said in the release. "We have always been able to adjust to unexpected circumstances."
Columbus Mayor Robert Smith said that while the event will be missed, he supports the decision to cancel.
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