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Autumn Street Fair canceled
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The Autumn Street Fair traditionally packs Main Street, but due to COVID, it's a sight that won't be seen this October.

The return to normal took another detour on Wednesday when Leadership McMinnville announced it’s canceling this year’s Autumn Street Fair.

The one-day event is traditionally held on the first Saturday of October in downtown McMinnville. This year’s Autumn Street Fair was set for Oct. 2.

It’s the second year in a row the event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

“This was not an easy decision,” said Leadership McMinnville in a press released distributed Wednesday. “We have spoken with local health officials about the rise of COVID in Warren County and the current strain on our local healthcare system. After gathering all the information, we feel this is the best decision for our community.”

Warren County had 808 active coronavirus cases as of Wednesday. That was up from 130 active cases one month earlier, a 521% increase.

The decision was not unanimous. One member of Leadership McMinnville expressed frustration to the Standard on Thursday, saying too much work has been dedicated to organizing the outdoor event to cancel it. The member noted attendance is completely voluntary and anyone apprehensive about visiting the event could simply stay home.

Nearly every Autumn Street Fair booth had been rented with organizers saying booths were “definitely going fast” when asked for a progress report in July. The event typically features over 200 food and craft vendors. There’s also live entertainment and unique activities such as a pet costume contest.

“We will be reaching out to all vendors and refunds will be going out within 7-10 business days,” said Leadership McMinnville in its announcement. “We are hoping to return in the fall of 2022.”

For more information, contact the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce at 473-6611.