LAAFF Festival Canceled
A popular Asheville street festival has been canceled for this year. Organizers for the Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival, or LAAFF, said it won't be happening Labor Day weekend after all.
LAAFF began 11 years ago as a way to draw people to the Lexington Avenue area. It was an independently funded festival that promoted local businesses, artists, and musicians. Lexington Avenue businesses say festival weekend was lucrative. They say they are sorry to see it go.
This is the second Asheville festival to be canceled this year. The City of Asheville announced this will be the last year for Bele Chere.
LAAFF organizers issued this statement:
"Asheville’s festival, LAAFF, will not happen in 2013. We (the LAAFF Staff and Arts 2 People Board of Directors) will use the time between now & Labor Day weekend 2014 to put on LAAFF’s revival and resume celebrating the fascinating culture that exists in our city, Asheville, NC. We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, considerations, efforts and collective involvement going into the planning of LAAFF this year, and for the past 11 years. Our community’s celebration will continue as we allow it the time to blossom and give Asheville the LAAFF it deserves. LAAFF Revival will come to Lexington Avenue Labor Day Weekend 2014."