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W.O.W. Discontinues Woodbury Fall Festival

Thea Alfes (seated left at the table) and Steve Grudzien (seated right) sign copies of Grudzien’s book, “Choosing Kindness,” at Just Woodbury’s Woodbury Fall Festival tent in 2018. What’s On in Woodbury, which organizes the annual event, announced that Fall Fest will be discontinued.

WOODBURY – After four years and continued growth each year, What’s On in Woodbury (or WOW) has decided to discontinue the Woodbury Fall Festival.

WOW made the announcement this afternoon in an email it sent to past vendors.

Fall Fest, which had been held the first Sunday of October, grew from 1,500 attendees in its maiden voyage of 2015 to more than 10,000 attendees in 2018.

In the email, WOW wrote that the decision was not made lightly, and that the festival has become a victim of its own success.

“With crowds growing steadily every year, we believe the festival has outgrown Main Street,” the email read. “We have real concerns about safety for festival-goers and volunteers alike when more than 10,000 people try to converge on our small town Main Street, and there is every indication that we would draw more than the 10,000 who attended last year were we to continue.”

WOW said it considered moving the festival to another location, but agreed that being on Main Street “is a big part of the charm that made Fall Fest work.”

WOW said it will have some new creative ideas in mind to bring high quality programming to the Woodbury community, and that it will be announcing several of these programs in the next few weeks.

WOW, a collaboration between the Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury Parks and Recreation, and the Woodbury Senior Community Center, provides high-quality, free programs for community members of all ages.

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