Fall FunFest takes steps to protect children from COVID exposure

COOKEVILLE – CityScape’s Fall FunFest, Cookeville’s Main Street festival and premier outdoor event of the year, is set for Sept. 10-11. Now in its 25th year, Fall FunFest takes place on the Courthouse Square in downtown Cookeville and showcases the city’s unique and historic commercial district. 

While many of the festival’s popular activities remain intact – such as high quality live music, eclectic arts and craft vendors, food trucks and local business offerings – event organizers are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of its guests this year, especially children under the age of 12 who are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

This year’s event will not have bounce houses and similar high-traffic children’s activities. On a similar note, WCTE announced today that it is not holding its popular Glow Parade or Stations of Imagination due to COVID concerns.

“We are saddened to announce that Fall FunFest will not have as many activities for young children this year. We know this is one of the biggest draws for families and something they look forward to,” said Holly Freeman, CityScape Executive Director. “However, we feel these decisions and modifications promote a safer outdoor environment for the children of our community, as well as our volunteer staff that makes these areas possible. We’ll be back in future years with our full lineup of activities for kids. We still encourage the people of the Upper Cumberland to join us outside on the Square Sept. 10 – 11 and enjoy all that Fall FunFest has to offer in 2021.”

Fall FunFest is also taking additional sanitary measures, providing face masks and ample hand sanitizer stations throughout the festival. The music stage has been moved to the intersection of N. Washington and Freeze St. to allow for social distancing during the concerts. 

As you plan to attend Fall FunFest, please review the CDC guidelines, consider vaccinations options, and mask up in crowded areas, regardless of vaccination status. The Putnam County Health Department’s drive-thru vaccinations continue at the Fairgrounds on South Walnut Ave. Drive-thru vaccinations are offered Monday – Friday, Noon to 3 p.m., and are extended to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. 

Vaccinations and testing are free and do not require an appointment. If you have questions about either, please call the Putnam County Health Department help line at 931-646-4636 or speak to your medical professional. 

For more information about Fall FunFest, visit www.fallfunfest.com.

About CityScape
CityScape is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to preserve and enhance the historic downtown areas of Cookeville. Since 1991, CityScape has worked closely with city and county governments, individual business owners, and merchants on renovation and expansion projects, as well as special events and campaigns that attract business to the area. CityScape places special emphasis on community livability, economic restructuring and historic preservation. Cookeville is proud to be an accredited Main Street community, which follows the proven downtown revitalization model developed by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

More information about CityScape is available at www.cookevillecityscape.com or by calling (931) 528-4612.

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