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Connections: Local festival organizers on 2021 event plans

Local festival organizers say state and federal guidance regarding events has been confusing or lacking, which has made it difficult for them to made decisions about their programming. Governor Cuomo announced Monday that the New York State Fair will return this summer, but at 50 percent capacity. In Rochester, the Park Avenue Merchants Association cancelled the Park Avenue Summer Arts Festival for the second year in a row. Other festivals are still on the books, but with adaptations and restrictions.

Our guests are festival organizers who discuss their plans and their concerns. Our guests:

  • Erica Fee, producer of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival
  • Orlando Ortiz, president of the Puerto Rican Festival
  • Scott Winner, director of public relations for Fairport Canal Days

Here is a list of local festivals. Click the links to read more about their 2021 plans.

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.

Connections with Evan Dawson

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