Ella Margaret Sims, 8, and Bailey Stafford, 7, have a blast during the 2019 Market Street Festival in Columbus. This year's festival has been postponed until Sept. 11-12 following the guidance of the National Centers for Disease Control for mass gatherings and large community events. Ella Margaret is the daughter of Randall and Jennifer Sims. Bailey is the daughter of Kevin and Shannon Stafford. Photo by: Dispatch file photo
March 21, 2020 9:59:45 PM
Following the guidance of the National Centers for Disease Control for mass gatherings and large community events, and in the interest of the well-being of all, Market Street Festival organizers have made the decision to postpone the 25th annual event to Sept. 11-12. It was originally scheduled for May 1-2.
"Our commitment to the city of Columbus and our entire community means ensuring the health and well-being of citizens, attendees, artists, volunteers, staff and vendors," said Barbara Bigelow, Main Street Columbus executive director.
Market Street Festival is the largest special event in the area and serves as the largest fundraiser for Main Street Columbus. One of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for numerous years, the festival boasts over 250 arts, craft and food vendors, dozens of musical acts and countless other activities, and hosts an estimated crowd each year in excess of 35,000, from more than 14 states.
"Market Street Festival is a paramount event in Columbus and produces critical funding to ensure other endeavors of Main Street Columbus throughout the year," said Bigelow. "It has a significant positive economic impact in our community. To cancel the event would have a significant adverse economic impact not only MSC, but to so many businesses, vendors and artists."
Festival Coordinator Amber Brislin said, "All vendors, sponsors, participants and others affiliated with the festival will be contacted, and we hope they will be able to accommodate the September date. Deadlines will be extended and plans will continue for a much-anticipated 25th anniversary of the festival. All facets of the festival will continue and vendor space and sponsorships are still available."
Details will be updated as soon as possible via social media and at marketstreetfestival.com, Brislin added.
"We appreciate everyone's patience as organizers of Market Street Festival continue with planning and encourage everyone to mark their calendars for another fantastic festival," she said.
Main Street Columbus Board President Shannon Bowen said, "We value all supporters, vendors, talents, volunteers and sponsors of Market Street Festival and appreciate the understanding of all for this temporary inconvenience for the long-term health and safety of all."
"In positive as well as challenging times, MSC is committed to quality of life and what is best for our entire community," Bigelow remarked. "Please stay safe and healthy as we handle and overcome this situation together."
All questions and concerns should be directed to the Main Street Columbus office at 662-328-6305 or [email protected]