Milford, Ohio – The Greater Milford Area Historical Society (GMAHS) has announced the cancellation of its 15th Annual Art Affaire due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Art Affaire, an art and fine craft show, is a primary fundraiser for the Society held yearly on the fourth Saturday of September along Main Street (U.S. Route 50) in Milford, Ohio.
“This was a difficult decision,” said Donna Amann, GMAHS administrator, “however, the health and safety of everyone involved – artists, attendees, event sponsors, food vendors, GMAHS staff and volunteers, and Milford’s Main Street businesses – cannot be overstated. We felt this was the only viable solution for 2020.”
Amann added that the Art Affaire is a significant source of income for GMAHS, and it is a much-anticipated event for the City of Milford. She said that the committee explored several alternatives before making the cancellation decision, but it could not offer a solution that would ensure its ability to meet state, city, and festival COVID-19 guidelines.
“While we are canceling the event for this year,” comments Martha Kleinfelter, chair, Art Affaire committee, “we plan to bring Art Affaire back in 2021.” Kleinfelter said that they have already set a December planning meeting to get that ball rolling. “Additionally, the cancellation will allow our loyal sponsors more time to rebuild, after many suffered financial set-backs due to the pandemic. Under the current circumstances, we felt the decision to cancel would be best for all who participate in Art Affaire,” said Kleinfelter.