Saluda Arts Festival canceled

Published 1:28 pm Friday, May 15, 2020

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SALUDA—This year’s Saluda Arts Festival, originally scheduled for May 16 was canceled because of COVID-19.

The City of Saluda met Monday and reviewed decisions from the Saluda Downtown Foundation, including that the lease for the visitor center was pushed back from May 1 until June 1 and the Saluda Tailgate Market opening will also be delayed until the middle of June.

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Lynn Casey, with the Saluda Downtown Foundation, requested that the $125 city permit fee be used to go towards the 2021 Saluda Arts Festival. This year would have been the 17th annual arts festival for the city.

Casey said all exhibit fees were returned to artists and vendors. There was also a Tryon Arts Council grant that was returned as well as several individual and business sponsorships.

The Saluda Business Association has revamped its website at to encourage visitors to support local businesses by purchasing gift cards. Information about businesses’ current offerings is posted on The SBA is also sending out email blasts to businesses with information regarding government loans and emergency funds.

Saluda City Hall has reopened with employees no longer working remotely.