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Garland Street Fair set to return in August year after cancellation

The event was canceled in 2019 due to a lack of volunteers and rising costs.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Garland Street Fair is set to return in the summer of 2020.

According to a Facebook event, the Garland Street Fair is set to take place on Aug.15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The event was canceled in 2019 due to a lack of volunteers and rising costs.

At the time, Garland Business District President Julie Shepard-Hall provided the following statement to KREM about the cancellation:

The Street Fair has continued to grow each year and our committee has been the same small group of people organizing it for the past several years. We have struggled to find enough people to organize and volunteer. In addition to that, it is very expensive to put on, [and] our profits are very small. Coordination of set up, take down and the needs of the vendors grew with the size. We all realize what a huge disappointment this is for our community, however, as a committee we decided that perhaps it was time to shift our efforts towards planning more smaller events that wasn't such a challenge for our District, our businesses and our surrounding neighborhood. 

During the Garland Street Fair, nine streets are blocked off for music, food, artists and other vendors. There were two stages for entertainment during the 2018 street fair.

The Garland District was established in 1910 and began to come into its own by the late 1920s. It now caters to those seeking eclectic art, an understated watering hole or a retro movie. The Milk Bottle restaurant and ice cream shop, built in the 1930s, is also a fixture of the area.

The Garland Business District was incorporated as a non-profit in 2007 to foster economic development and support local businesses in the area. In 2013, Inlander readers voted the Garland District Best Neighborhood Shopping District.

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