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People's Fair Won't Be Back in 2019

The 2017 People's Fair at Civic Center Park.
The 2017 People's Fair at Civic Center Park. Ken Hamblin III
This is proving to be a bleak year for Denver festivals, both new and old.

First, Grandoozy announced it would be going on "hiatus," after just one year at Overland Golf Course. Then the organizers of the Colorado Classic bike race announced that the music festival Velorama would not be returning to RiNo after two years. (The bike race will continue as a women-only event.)

Now the People's Fair – which got its start 47 years ago as the Capitol Hill People's Fair — has announced that the fair won't be happening in 2019, and its future after that seems uncertain.

The festival, which moved to Civic Center Park decades ago from the East High School Esplanade, has been a fixture on Denver's June calendar, a celebration of music, art and community causes. But in 2017, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, which had long produced the event, decided to outsource production of the event.


“Team Player Productions (TPP) took the reins as event producer of People’s Fair in 2017 and 2018 while longtime producer Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) reorganized, yet remained involved as the non-profit beneficiary and permit-holder with the City of Denver," explains Jason Ornstein of Team Player, in a statement. "While a wonderful community event, Denver People’s Fair has had its financial challenges over the past several years, and in an increasingly crowded Denver Festival Market, TPP has ultimately decided to put it on hiatus in 2019, as we work together with CHUN to decide the best direction in the coming years.”

And organizers of the People's Fair just posted this on the event's website: "The longstanding tradition of the People’s Fair will be taking a hiatus in 2019 and will look to return in 2020. We would like to thank all of the past supporters of the festival as we work to make People’s Fair even more unique, interactive, and a standout festival in the Denver community."

Watch for more information at peoplesfair.com.

Update February 10: This story was updated with a statement from Team Player Productions.
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