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No Townie Street Party for Ann Arbor this year due to COVID-19 concerns

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Ann Arbor Art Fair organizers are vowing to bring back the Townie Street Party next year.

The party normally takes place just before the start of the Fair itself as a way for locals to celebrate the community and its culture. But it hasn’t been held since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

The executive director of the Ann Arbor Street Fair, Angela Kline, says they were concerned about safety, especially as the local coronavirus case numbers continue to fluctuate.

“I’m a mother, so I thought, ‘I have a four-year-old, and she’s not vaccinated.’ And I just thought 'Well, maybe we should err on the side of caution.'”

The Ann Arbor Art Fair begins Thursday and Kline says they will have various safety measures in place.

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Taylor Pinson is a WEMU news reporter and engineer during WEMU's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.
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