For a second-consecutive year, circumstances stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic have forced a local non-profit to cancel its signature event — Summit Art Festival.

Summit Art's Board of Directors announced the decision on Thursday. 

"This was an incredibly painful decision, made for the second year in a row, for our organization," said Summit Art Director Jody Fristoe. "Our members and volunteers have worked tirelessly since 2007 to grow this high-quality, fine art event to a nationally-recognized level attracting artists from all across the country and  over 20,000 patrons throughout the three-day weekend.

The event began in 2007 as the Longview Art & World Music Festival and became what is now known as the Summit Art Festival when it moved to the downtown district in 2013. The current version of the event covers three city blocks with 100 artist booths, a student art pavilion, food trucks, live music and a popular student StuckOnArt student contest.

Postponing this event affords us time to plan an even more exciting and extraordinary art fair for next year," said Summit Art Board Director Teddy Jackson. 

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