The North End Neighborhood Association has cancelled the Hyde Park Street Fair for the second year due to COVID. A favorite among many locals for over 40 years, the fair hosts local vendors, food trucks and musicians. The organization decided to cancel because of the surge in COVID cases.
"We do not feel it is within the values of the NENA organization to proceed with an event that could jeopardize the safety of the vendors, attendees, performers or volunteers," announced the NENA on the Hyde Park website. "As a community, we value our healthcare workers and we want to respect them by not contributing to the burdens they currently labor under while they care for Boiseans during this difficult time."
The fair was scheduled for Sept. 17-19 and now NENA is hoping for next year. The announcement goes on to say they explored all viable options and finally decided to cancel. With the large amount of young children who attend the fair who can't be vaccinated, coupled with the safety of attendees, vendors and musicians, the fair felt it couldn't provide a safe atmosphere.
"For the safety of our community, we urge you to wear masks, wash your hands, distance yourself and be safe," it said on the website. "We hope to see you next year."