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Pig Out in the Park won't happen in 2020 amid COVID-19 restrictions

This is the first time the popular Spokane event has been canceled in its 40 years.

SPOKANE, Wash — Pig Out in the Park will not happen in 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place for Spokane County. 

The popular event, which features food vendors, public market vendors and musicians, was initially scheduled for Sept. 2-7, 2020.

Gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed until Phase 4 of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's statewide reopening plan. Pig Out organizers said "it is obvious" that Spokane County, which has been in Phase 2 of reopening since Memorial Day weekend, will not enter Phase 4 in time for the event. 

The 41st annual Pig Out in the Park has now been rescheduled for Sept. 1-6, 2021, organizers said. This is the first time the event has been canceled in its 40 years, though it was postponed by a week 20 years ago due to severe weather. 

"We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next Labor Day 2021. Thank you very much Spokane," organizers wrote in a statement.

Pig Out in the Park served more than 195,000 servings of food and drinks at its 2019 event, organizers said. 

According to the event’s website, the event earned the city of Spokane earned nearly $100,000 in revenue in 2019, not including taxes, and about 122,000 people were in attendance. 

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