The Jackson Town Council on Tuesday gave its blessing to a slightly altered version of the Fall Arts Festival with COVID-19 considerations in mind, as well as a couple of additional tweaks to the originally presented application.
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the event, redesigned some aspects of the festival as the county remains in the red, or high-risk, level for COVID-19 transmission.
Among the chamber’s requests, recommended for approval by Special Events Coordinator Carl Pelletier and town staff, was the installation of a 10-by-10-foot pop-up tent on a corner of the Town Square where festival posters will be sold, masks will be provided to the public, and general information will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the festival’s conclusion Sept. 19.
Additionally, the chamber’s initial application asked for the closure of Deloney Avenue between Cache and Center streets, on the west and east, respectively, from 5 p.m. Sept. 17 through about 5 p.m. Sept. 18. That request was amended to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 to allow more time to set up another tent, Pelletier said.
“In speaking with the Chamber of Commerce, who has spoken with [tent provider] Canvas Unlimited, a more realistic time frame for the closure would be 1 p.m. on [Sept. 17] ... to allow them to put the tent up; it’s a large, large, large tent,” Pelletier told councilors.
The Fall Arts Festival will also have exclusive use of the Town Square on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 100 bidders who prepaid for bidding paddles and the artists auctioning off their work after the QuickDraw.
The final tweak to the chamber’s initial application is to close off the parking spaces on the north side of Broadway Avenue between Cache and Center streets — the south end of the Town Square — on Sept. 18 to accommodate Jackson Hole Farmers Market vendors.
“I would go ahead and reiterate that they’re still operating at a reduced number of vendors [due to COVID-19 precautions], so this is not a request for an increased number of vendors; it’s just a way to accommodate those vendors who are displaced by the Fall Arts Festival,” Pelletier said.