Continuing pandemic results in annual Sunflower Fair being cancelled


This year’s Sunflower Fair and Night on the Ave. has been canceled, La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership Executive Director Bert Cook has announced.

“This cancellation comes after careful consideration and consultation with many participants, vendors, community leaders and patrons,” he said.

“While the committee and volunteers have certainly worked diligently to put on the event, they reached a point where a final decision had to be made. The committee does not feel confident that the Sunflower Fair can realistically meet all of Governor Holcomb’s requirements in the reopening of Indiana. It is in the best interest of the welfare and safety for all the vendors, patrons, volunteers and the community as a whole that the 22nd Annual Sunflower Fair be cancelled this year for September 19th, 2020,” Cook said.

“The committee is heartbroken and will greatly miss this year’s event. Decisions like these are never easy but must be made out of an abundance of caution. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing across the nation, Cook said it would be difficult to practice social distancing during the event,” Cook said.

Cook added that, for the last 21 years, the fair has welcomed thousands of visitors to enjoy its wide array of vendors, art and food. “While everyone is disappointed, we have no doubt that the Sunflower Fair will come back bigger and stronger in the future and we will look forward to the Sunflower Fair in 2021. Vendors will be contacted by the LEAP office regarding their refunds and other arrangements,” he said.

For more information Cook can be reached at (219) 324-8584 or at

The event is sponsored by LEAP and a volunteer committee of community members; the unique fair celebrates “everything fall and community.” The fair comes downtown every third Saturday in September.

More information about the fair can be found at

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