The City of Port Huron and the Downtown Development Authority have decided to cancel Blue Water Fest 2020. All city resources are being dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic recovery that will be necessary in its wake.
DDA Director Cynthia Cutright explained, “Blue Water Fest is planned almost a year in advance, and we fundraise about $130,000 from private donors and companies to support this event. We cannot, during this difficult time, ask for funds for a festival when we know they are needed elsewhere. Our priority remains the economic recovery of Downtown Port Huron and the greater Bluewater Area.”
This decision does not affect the annual Bayview to Mackinac Race. The City and the DDA will reevaluate in early summer to decide if any other type of celebration can be planned around that event if it proceeds.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand