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Holden Street Fair Cancelled

Social distancing impossible… As the sun set on last year’s Holden Street Fair, fairgoers had no way of knowing what awaited all of us this year, and we couldn’t have known the 2020 Street Fair would be cancelled for only the second time in its illustrious history. But the Fair Committee made that announcement last week. The main reason for the cancellation is the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to spread like wildfire throughout our country and Johnson County. Photo by Dana Raker

For only the second time in its long, rich history of 137 years, the Holden Street Fair has been cancelled. The Street Fair, like many other things this year, has fallen victim to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The Fair Committee made the announcement last week, sharing regret and disappointment at having to make the tough decision. “There were so many challenges to overcome this year,” said Chamber member, Carrie Hutcherson.

“It wasn’t just the challenge of the current COVID pandemic, which was probably enough by itself, but we were notified about three weeks ago that the carnival company had to cancel. “This was disappointing news, but we understood. All carnival companies are facing the same struggles, so finding a replacement was not an option.”

Hutcherson went on to address the major construction taking place in and around downtown, leaving the town with no street lights or available electricity on 2nd St., which would have presented a huge problem for the Fair vendors.

“We just didn’t believe it was wise to jeopardize the safety of our participants, volunteers, and all of those who come to enjoy the Fair,” she said.

Hutcherson also announced that although the Fair is cancelled, the Chamber is looking into alternatives for having a celebration of our town.

“We are doing this because we believe strongly that a fun community event that can bring us all together in a positive way is something that is truly needed right now,” Hutcherson added. “We are confident that there are many who will agree, so we want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to make it happen!”

Continue to watch the Image for upcoming Chamber announcements on upcoming events that the whole community can take part in.

“We can still look forward to some fun time outdoors to celebrate our community that we all take such great pride in!” Hutcherson exclaimed.

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