26 Aug 2021

Bay Area Fun Festival Cancelled

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A sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases has forced the Coos Bay Downtown Association (CBDA) to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Bay Area Fun Festival in downtown Coos Bay. State and Local Health Authorities continue to report large increases of cases under monitoring, primarily in Coos and nearby counties. Out of concern for the health and well-being for the community, vendors, volunteers, and festival staff, the decision was made to move forward with canceling this year’s event.

Executive Director, Holly Boardman says, “the event helps support many member businesses, non-profit organizations, and the Coos Bay Downtown Association financially. So, we share in the disappointment of this important decision. But the overall safety and health of the community-led us to this point.”

The Bay Area Fun Festival, known to many as the last celebration of the summer season, was scheduled to take place September 18th and 19th in downtown Coos Bay. It has a mall market, parade, Cruz the Coos vintage car cruise and show ‘n shine, Prefontaine 10K Run, and Pre-Run for kids drawing thousands to the downtown core of Coos Bay. The board’s decision affects the mall market and parade. Rotary officials have also canceled the Cruz the Coos events.  Decisions regarding the Prefontaine Memorial Run and Kids Pre will be made by those organizations.

At this time, the promotions committee will continue to work on ways to safely bring foot traffic to downtown. The CBDA will also continue the weekly Farmers Market, which operates as an essential service, providing farm-to-table food from local and regional farmers. Additional safety protocols for a safe market are already in place. The market will see additional measures in September based on government mandates. The Farmers Market takes place Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm through October. An official announcement on the safety protocols for a continued market is anticipated soon.

For more information, contact Holly Boardman at (541) 266-9706 or follow the Coos Bay Downtown Association on Facebook.