The 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show has been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, according to a Monday news release from Columbia Parks and Recreation.
The event had been planned for Sept. 19-20 at Nifong Park. This event is one of the department's largest events, held in partnership with many historical and cultural groups, according to the release.
This event, where traditional artisans can present lost arts, usually attracts around 15,000 people and has handmade craft vendors and food trucks, according to the release.
However, due to the big size of the event and the difficulty in maintaining social distance, the department decided to cancel it to protect the health and safety of all participants, the release said.
The department expects to resume the heritage festival from Sept. 18-19 in 2021 as part of Columbia’s Bicentennial celebration.