After three Main Street Live! June events in McMinnville, the Main Street board decided to cancel the concert series for the rest of the summer.
The reasons: the Governor’s extended mandate to August 29 and rising virus cases across the state. Main Street Executive Director Teresa Prober said this was the best decision to make, but it was still difficult.
“We just felt it was a more socially responsible thing to do, even though we knew it was going to be a great disappointment to our community,” Prober said.
Prober said as the Friday concerts continued, more people came to enjoy the event. She said this became increasingly difficult to maintain social distancing.
With the Fourth of July celebration approaching, the largest gathering of the season, Prober said Main Street board members agreed to cancel as a safety precaution.
“We did the best we could,” Prober said. “People did the best they could, but you always have some that no matter how hard you try to stress the importance of following the guidelines, it really does come down to a personal choice. It’s not like we could enforce the guidelines.”
Community favorite bands will get a chance to play again next year.
Main Street Live! has provided the residents of Warren County and surrounding visitors free music for the past 16 years.