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Final decision on this year's Fargo Street Fair expected in May

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Lawn ornaments are a popular purchase for people attending the annual Downtown Fargo Street Fair. (Forum File Photo)

FARGO - The Downtown Fargo Street Fair is still on for July 16-18, but organizers are keeping an eye on how the COVID-19 pandemic progresses in the area before deciding in May on whether or not to go ahead with this year’s event.

“At this moment, we are still moving forward, in hopes of the July dates still working for us and the community,” Melissa Brandt, president and CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership, said.

Things can change daily, Brandt said, Tuesday, April 21, “But right now, the team and I are going to make the final decision by the end of May, just to give our vendors as well as our team some time to pivot on whether we need to move the dates, or cancel.

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“Obviously, we’re hoping that it works and continues for July. Both the businesses and the DCP need it for traffic, revenue and sanity,” she said.
The annual event can draw 120,000 to 150,000 people to downtown Fargo. This year’s event is planned to accommodate more than 250 vendors offering arts, crafts, food, drink and entertainment.

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But the large crowds could also invite rapid transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a disease which can be deadly, particularly for seniors and other vulnerable adults with underlying health conditions.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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