Organizers considered many ways to relocate or reschedule the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair but were forced to cancel the annual street fair, set for Sept. 8, for only the second time since its founding in 1985.
"We were closely watching the forecasts all day (Sept. 7) and they were changing by the hour," said Robert Vance, secretary of the Hilliard Civic Association. "Canceling it wasn't on our radar."
Vance said organizers reached out to city officials and their own vendors to find a solution when it became clear, by mid-afternoon Sept. 7, that central Ohio would receive several inches of rain Sept. 8.
Several dates later in September were considered but after consulting with city officials, police, and vendors, it was determined by all it would be too difficult to reschedule, he said.
"When all options were exhausted, and we had the support of the merchants we polled, the board voted not the reschedule the event," Vance said.
Ed Daniel, president of the Hilliard Civic Association, said it was "a difficult decision."
"There was only a little negative feedback (via social media) but ultimately, I think almost everyone understood."