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York City cancels 45th annual Olde York Street Fair

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Emma Miller of Innovations Dance Center performs with her troupe at Central Market during the 43rd Annual Olde York Street Fair Sunday, May 13, 2018. She lives in Manchester Township. Several dance group performed. The fair is a Mother's Day tradition in York. Bill Kalina photo

Although the Olde York Street Fair was scheduled for mid-May, York City has canceled the event to stay ahead of growing concerns about the coronavirus.

The annual event was scheduled for May 10 to coincide with Mother's Day. And even though models predict COVID-19 cases will peak in two to four weeks, that doesn't mean the threat will vanish, said Philip Given, the city's acting director of community and economic development.

"At this point, there's a lot of uncertainty with when restrictions will be lifted at the federal, state and local levels," Given said. "So just because of the logistics surrounding an event of this size, it's just in everybody's best interest."

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May 10 would have marked the 45th year for the event that brings food, games and handmade goods to downtown York.

Pennsylvania had 5,805 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 new virus-related deaths as of noon Wednesday, representing by far the greatest single-day jump since the beginning of the outbreak, the state Department of Health reported.

There have been 79 confirmed cases in York County.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.