Destination Huntingburg planning events carefully


HUNTINGBURG — As areas of the community are slowly opening up again, Destination Huntingburg is hosting some events while being cautious of the public’s health and safety.

The organization has upcoming events planned. But it is waiting to see what the health climate will be before planning others for later in the summer and fall.

“We’re waiting it out,” Director Sarah Flamion said. “We’re pretty flexible. We want to see the events happen. But we also understand that if people don’t want to get out, they don’t want to get out. And if we have another spike, who knows?”

The annual farmers market started Saturday at Market Street Park. The vendors are in their spots under the pavilion, which are about 8 feet wide. “So long as our vendors stay in the center of their space, they should be fine,” Flamion said.

But the market’s usual entertainment is not there.

“Right now we’re not going to do any activities and we’re not going to do any music, at least for June and July,” Flamion said. “And then we’ll kind of play it by ear and see what August and September really bring.”

Lunch on Market will still happen this summer. It is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Friday in June, July and August. The first one will be this Friday.

“We want people to patronize the restaurants, bring your lunch to the park, social distance yourself and enjoy being outside in the park,” Flamion said. “We’ll have music for your enjoyment for those two hours. So get out, get some fresh air. Visit your restaurants and visit your downtown.”

Destination Huntingburg has a poll on its Facebook page about Farmers Table. “Technically, we will be able to do it; we will be in stage five then [of the state’s plan to reopen the economy]. But honestly, will people be interested in doing it? I don’t know,” Flamion said. “So we put the poll out today to try to see what people’s thoughts are on it, how they feel about it.”

People are asked to vote, stating that they would attend this year or they would not attend. The poll closes today.

Fourth Fridays, which were billed as an after-work event, won’t be held in June and July. “We’re gonna wait and see what comes before deciding for later months,” Flamion said. The Haunted Huntingburg festival, Casino Night and the Christmas parade are also on hold, to be decided on later.

The Current Blend board has become a part of Destination Huntingburg’s economic vitality pillar, further blending the two into a closer partnership. The management of the Current Blend facility does not change, so the public and users will not notice anything different, Flamion said.

“It made the most sense for Destination Huntingburg to absorb that,” she said. “We want to continue to meet the entrepreneurial needs of our community, which falls under one of our pillars.”

The board now focuses on that need, and Destination Huntingburg handles the management of the facility.

Destination Huntingburg is still active. But it is also aware that the scope of activities may be different this year due to the virus and people’s comfort level.

“We really just want to be mindful of the community and the people,” Flamion said. “We don’t want to be the cause of a rise in the numbers.”

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