Jul 21, 2020 6:41 PM

2020 Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair canceled

Posted Jul 21, 2020 6:41 PM
<b>Part of the crowd at a recent Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair.</b> Salina Post file photo
Part of the crowd at a recent Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair. Salina Post file photo

The Smoky Hill Museum announced today that, after thoughtful consideration, it will be unable to host the Street Fair this September.

“The health and well-being of our guests and community, as well as that of our volunteers and staff, is our number one priority,” said Susan Hawksworth, museum director.

The Street Fair, which typically takes place the fourth Saturday in September, takes months to plan. Prime planning would have started in March and April, just when the museum closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the museum is still closed with reduced staffing, making it impossible to plan for the event.

“In addition, with the prevalence of COVID-19 still in our community, we believe it is best not to hold the event to help prevent the spread of the virus,” Hawksworth said.

“Recent regional cancellations of outdoor events including the Tri-Rivers Fair, the Kansas State Fair, and the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City demonstrate the broad concern for the pandemic and large outdoor public gatherings. I believe the museum staff is making a responsible decision during these challenging times,” said Brad Anderson, Salina Arts & Humanities executive director.