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And the hits keep coming. Two more coronavirus victims have just been exposed: The Cherry Creek Arts Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival, both of which had major anniversary celebrations planned this year, will not hold events in 2020.
Earlier this week, PrideFest announced it would go virtual in June, and the Greeley Stampede won’t invade northern Colorado next month either.
On April 29, CherryArts announced that the thirtieth annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, which was originally scheduled for July 3-5, has been canceled.
“It is with great sadness that we share the difficult decision by the CherryArts Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 Cherry Creek Arts Festival,” said Tara Brickell, Managing Director and CEO of Cherry Arts, upon announcing the cancellation after weeks of careful consideration of the challenging and evolving events Effects of COVID-19 and was briefed by public health officials for the city of Denver and the state of Colorado. As an event based on regional and national journeys by artists and hosting over 330,000 people, we are confident that this is the best decision to make to ensure the safety of artists and our community during this time of social distancing. “
The thirtieth anniversary celebration has been postponed to July 2-4, 2021. Artists admitted to the 2020 exhibition will have the option to attend this event or receive a full refund for that year and then reapply next year. In the meantime, the nonprofit CherryArts will continue the year-round activities they sponsor in connection with the festival, including the virtual art shop where you can buy works from festival artists (proceeds go to the artists) and a study site for students and families . Visit cherryarts.org for more information.
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival would have celebrated its 20th anniversary at Sloan’s Lake on July 25th and 26th, but the CDBF board announced on April 28th that it is not hosting this year’s event: “It is important that we have health, Putting Safety and Wellbeing First We hope to resume our annual celebration of Asian and Asian-American heritage in 2021. “
Find out more about the festival’s “Keep the Boats Afloat” campaign at cdbf.org.
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