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Park Ave Festival canceled for 2nd year in a row due to the pandemic

Rochester's Park Ave Festival has been around for more than 40 years.
Randy Gorbman
Rochester's Park Ave Festival has been around for more than 40 years.

For the second year in a row, the Park Avenue Summer Art Festival has been canceled.

Organizers released a statement on Tuesday saying, “The Park Avenue Revitalization Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Park Avenue Summer Art Festival until August 6 and 7, 2022. We are grateful for the community support, as we shift our focus from the Art Festival to assisting the small business impact on Park Avenue from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We will continue to look at ways we can celebrate Park Avenue and all it has to offer safely in 2021.”

The festival was canceled for similar reasons in 2020,  and the same thing happened this year with the Corn Hill Arts Festival, which announced last week it would also cancel its event for the second consecutive year due to the need to focus on safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

News about these two long-running Rochester festivals comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the New York State Fair will be back in action this summer in the Syracuse area, with some restrictions on attendance.  Cuomo indicated that those restrictions could be eased later in the summer depending on the COVID-19 infection rate numbers.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.