Springfest to take hiatus in 2018, plans 2019 return

Springfest / Staff photo

It’s been a rough year for street festivals in Fayetteville so far.

Last month, Block Street Block Party announced it’s taking a year off for restructuring. This month, Fayetteville Springfest made a similar announcement.

The festival began in the 1980s, and was organized by Dickson Street Merchants along the street. The event was a downtown staple for years, featuring live music, arts & crafts, the annual Bed Races up the street, and other activities.

The event also took a hiatus in 2012 when the volunteer group that had been running it decided to call it quits after nearly 30 years.

A new group took it over the next year, though, and it had returned as an annual event through 2017. The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity ran Springfest last year, but decided not to bring it back in 2018.

Now yet another group, led by musician and NWA Music Connection president Amanda Rey, is putting together a planning committee for the 2019 event.

“The reigns have been passed and a new Planning Commitee has formed with the plan to re-align the event thru 2018 and bringing Fayetteville Springfest back in 2019,” Rey said in a press release issued last week.

Rey is asking folks who’d like to be involved to email [email protected] for more information.