Gallatin Squarefest File

Between 20,000 and 25,000 people are estimated to attend Squarefest each year in downtown Gallatin. SUBMITTED

Squarefest, one of the largest arts and crafts festivals held each year in downtown Gallatin, has been postponed three months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which was originally scheduled to take place April 25, will now be held on Saturday, July 25 instead, according to Donna Belote, organizer and executive director of Historic Downtown Gallatin.

Belote began informing all 176 vendors that already signed up to attend this year’s festival of the change Thursday. The decision to postpone the event for the first time in its 19-year history was not made lightly, she added

“We don’t feel like the (health) situation is going to be down to a point where we’ll be comfortable having this next month,” Belote said. “With the way it’s played out, we can’t take that chance. We can’t jeopardize the safety of the community and the vendors that are coming into Gallatin.”

Each year, as many as 25,000 people are estimated to attend the all-day festival, which features a variety of arts and crafts merchants throughout downtown Gallatin along with food vendors, live music and a classic car show.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended all mass gatherings of more than 250 people be postponed or cancelled in an effort to limit opportunities for person-to-person contact which can lead to an increased risk of transmission of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

For more information about Squarefest contact Donna Belote with Historic Downtown Gallatin at 615-456-7913.

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