April 23, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know we will not be holding the Waterloo Arts Fest on June 27 as we had hoped and, at this point, we have not determined if the event will be rescheduled. There are new developments each week as the pandemic unfolds and recently there is discussion about how Ohio will ease the stay-at-home order, but even in the best case scenario, the nature of the festival poses public safety challenges we cannot overcome by the end of June. It is unclear whether the free-flowing crowd and hands-on activities of the festival will even be possible by next fall or winter, but if we are not able to reschedule, we hope to have other opportunities for artists this year because we know that, in addition to community benefit, the festival provides income for participants who have been affected by numerous cancellations. As I have more information I will share it.
For the past 18 years, people like you have come together for this event and helped to build a strong sense of community for Collinwood residents and a joyful experience for all festival attendees. We are grateful for the talent, ingenuity and good will that so many artists, musicians, community groups, small businesses and volunteers have contributed over the years to this annual celebration and we look forward to the time we can come together again. Until then, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.