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Posted on: June 22, 2020

City of North Bend Cancels the 2020 Downtown Block Party and Legends Car Show

City of North Bend regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Downtown Block Party, originally scheduled for July 18th and the Legends Car Show, on July 18th and 19th.

The annual Downtown Block Party festival boasts live entertainment, foods, vendors, and a multitude of artists, drawing in people from surrounding regions and packing downtown North Bend. Proceeds from Downtown Block Party go to increasing the offerings of Block Party, and to the North Bend Downtown Foundation, a local nonprofit that is strives to create and promote a vibrant downtown.

The annual Legends Car Show features a popular “Poker Run,” and a vast and beautiful array of unique automobile creations from all over. Proceeds from the Legends Car Show go to organizations such as The Forgotten Children’s Fund and the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame.

The decision to cancel these events is due to a combination of social distancing concerns, anticipated lack of sponsorship funds and the uncertainty of which phase of the Safe Start reopening plan that King County will be in during the scheduled event.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the current restrictions on social distancing set forth by public health organizations, we believe that cancelling this event is necessary to ensure the safety of our community and the festival vendors,” Mayor Rob McFarland said. “This decision was not made lightly as we know the Downtown Block Party is a time of celebration that brings families and friends together from all over the Puget Sound to our downtown core.”

The City is working on other ways to enhance North Bend businesses that will adhere to public health guidelines.

Other North Bend events including Trick-or-Treat Street and Holly Days have not been cancelled at this time. Decisions about these events will be made closer to the event dates based on public health guidelines and Governor Jay Inslee’s directives.

We hope to see you at next year’s Downtown Block Party, planned for July 17, 2021.

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