CASA GRANDE — The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the scheduling of events and activities into the 2021 winter season.
Casa Grande Main Street announced Monday that its traditional Street Fair — a January tradition in downtown Casa Grande for more than two decades — won’t happen in January in the coming year.
“Due to the current city and state restrictions and guidelines in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, Casa Grande Main Street is unable to obtain the permits necessary in order to host the 21st annual Street Fair in January 2021,” a press release from Casa Grande Main Street said.
The organization hosts the annual Fine Art Explosion art show in Peart Park in March, and tentative plans are underway to combine the events this year if the necessary permits can be obtained.
“Provided that Casa Grande continues to have fewer cases of COVID-19, Main Street plans to combine the 21st annual Street Fair and the Fine Art Explosion into one large, amazing event for our community,” the press release said. “We hope that it is understood that our decision to push back the annual Street Fair was not an easy one to make. However, our love for this community, and our desire to see it thrive, had to take priority.”
The organization plans to provide a monthly update on Street Fair planning.
An estimated 15,000 people visit downtown Casa Grande for the annual two-day Street Fair, which features artist booths, merchandise vendors, a food court, car show, live music and various activities. Much of downtown is blocked to traffic for the event in which vendors line the streets.
The Art Explosion also attracts visitors for a weekend of art gazing and buying, with artists traveling from across the region to set up booths in Peart Park.
Last year’s Art Explosion was combined with the first Casa Grande Fiddle Championship, which included live musical acts and competitive musicians vying for prizes and top honors in the park.
The combined Art Explosion and fiddle championship event occurred in early March 2020, just before the pandemic prompted the closure of other area events.
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