Beautiful Downtown Lewiston announced Tuesday that it has canceled its entire fall events lineup, including the wildly popular Pumpkin Palooza event that attracts throngs of people every Halloween season. Pumpkin Palooza was due to fall on Halloween Day this year since Oct. 31 is a Saturday. Main Street is typically closed for the whole day to host the event, which features free games for kids, street vendors, the Great Pumpkin Roll and a costume contest. But with about 4,500 people attending each year, BDL Executive Director Courtney Kramer said the risk of community spread of the virus was just too much.
Other events that will take the year off include the Downtown Artwalk and the Loft Tours event, which features tours of loft spaces in the historic district.Downtown Artwalk, held in early October, unites more than 30 downtown businesses who host pop-up art shows alongside tastings of locally produced wine and beer. In the pasts, BDL has partnered with the Washington Idaho Symphony, Lewiston Civic Theatre and Nez Perce Tourism to facilitate in-the-street performances of local culture.
The loft tours were coming up in mid-September, with six residential units on this year’s slate. The event has sold out for the last three years and BDL anticipates private development of up to 20 new residential units in the next two years.
The volunteer time, staff time and marketing dollars for the events will be shifted to strengthening a “shop local” initiative to encourage community members to patronize local businesses. (Lewiston Tribune)