Grand Old Day Festival canceled for 2019, expected to return next year

Financial problems appear to be the cause

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April 24, 2019 - 5:30 am

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One of the Twin Cities' oldest and most popular summer events has been canceled this year, but is expected to return in 2020.

In an email to members of the Grand Avenue Business Association, the Grand Old Day Festival's interim president says it was a difficult, but unanimous decision. Financial issues seem to have been a big concern.

Among those not happy with the decision is Jeremy Nilson who owns the Gaming Goat near the corner of Grand and Hamline.

"This was a foregone conclusion that it was, what, a month and a half away or less now. There was nothing that I had ever seen that hinted at problems," he told WCCO-TV.

The 46th annual street party had been scheduled for Sunday, June 2.