Decision To Cancel Street Faire Wasn't An Easy One
Zeke Fuhrman | Jun 30, 2020 AT 9:37 am
When it was announced earlier this week that the 20th Annual Street Faire At The Lakes was cancelled, people were understandably upset. Another summer tradition was cancelled in a summer that is already without summer music festivals, small town fairs, and any sense of normalcy.
Amy Stearns with the Historic Holmes Theater helps with volunteer coordination for the event and understands people's frustrations and says that the decision to cancel wasn't an easy one.
"Normally the Street Faire is the first weekend after Memorial Day, so we had already moved it from early June to the end of August hoping that by then we could still have a Street Faire." Amy said. "Then as we met early last week and worked through all the details and all the extra protocols that we would have to do along with the fact that right now gatherings are limited to about 250 people outside, which we have that in vendors alone."
Some of the extra protocols include extra porta-potties, monitoring how many people are at an artists' booth at a time, increased cleaning of high-traffic surfaces and areas, and limited gathering space.
"There was also a lot of hesitancy on the part of the artists," Steans continued. "We had many artists who dropped out and were just really anxious about interacting with the public in the close proximity that they usually do. Combining all of that together, and my volunteer committee and all the people that work behind the scenes on this, we made the really, really heartbreaking decision to cancel it for this year."
The Street Fair can pull in thousands of people over its two days.
"2020 was going to be the 20th anniversary of the Street Faire, and so we had some really fun things planned. It's also the 150th Anniversary of Becker County and Detroit Lakes in 2021. And reaching out to more artists to get a bigger variety of vendors and people who will want to get involved."
Next year's Street Faire is scheduled for June 4-5, 2021.