(WBNG) — Johsnon City Field Days Co-Chair Harry Lewis confirmed to 12 News the 2019 Johnson City Field Days have been canceled.
Lewis said the decision to cancel the event after 51 years is because of a multitude of reasons including the rise of cost, shortage of sponsors and lack of profit.
The Johnson City Celebration Committee released a statement saying an increasing issues with vandalism and safety also contributed to the cancellation.
Lewis told 12 News he is not sure how long the event will be canceled, but as of now, 2019 is officially off the table.
The annual Johnson City Field Days is the area’s largest Labor Day celebration hosted by the Johnson City Celebration Committee. The event originally began as part of the Village’s 75th Anniversary Celebration.
You can read the entire statement from the Johnson City Celebration Committee below.
It is with extreme sadness the Johnson City Celebration Committee will not continue to hold the
Johnson City Field Days due to the shortage of sponsors, lack of profit and increased expenses for
participating groups, and rising costs for the Celebration Committee.
Field days were meant to bring families and community together for an end of summer celebration. In
the last few years, we brought in extra police to maintain safety, but more and more issues with
vandalism and disturbances have increased year to year.
We appreciate the continued support throughout the years from the Village of Johnson City, Johnson
City Department of Public Works, Johnson City Police Department, local businesses, commitment of
the not-for-profit organizations and the community. The Celebration Committee will continue to hold
the Lights on the Carousel during the holiday season.