The Kelsey Creek Farm Fair has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Bellevue announced last week.
The fair, scheduled for Oct. 3, has been a annual tradition for 38 years, with farm animals, music and pumpkins. The city also reports it traditionally gathers around 5,000 people from the region.
This follows other annual Bellevue holiday event cancellations, including this year’s Garden d’Lights.
Kelsey Creek Farm Park offers 150 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands in the heart of Bellevue, offering a glimpse of the city’s past, according to a city release. The park’s barnyard, playground and picnic shelter are closed, but many walking trails at the farm remain open. The city asks visitors recreate responsibly by maintaining six feet of social distancing and wearing a mask when it’s hard to maintain distance.
“While we are disappointed to cancel the event that traditionally gathers 5,000 people from around the region, the safety of visitors and staff is our top priority,” Michael Shiosaki, director of the Parks & Community Services Department, stated in a press release. “We look forward to returning in 2021.”
More information on Kelsey Creek Farm is available here.