Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - Executive Director Kathleen Light said they reached out to registered Booth Holders to ask their opinions and also considered the economic impacts from the Blueberry Arts festival before deciding to cancel the annual event due to COVID-19 concerns.
"It is an enormous economic driver not only for booth holders but also for local businesses, hotels and restaurants," she wrote.
Light said the health and safety of the community must come first.
Organizers do plan to have the Blueberry Arts Festival Art Exhibit at the Main Street Gallery because they can more easily control social distancing, the number of patrons inside at one time, and require the use of face coverings.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be July 31st at 2 pm.