Skip to main content

There will be no Grand Old Day in St. Paul this year

The decision was taken to "keep the event fresh for 2020."

The 2019 Grand Old Day has been canceled by the nonprofit that runs it, which is seeking to "keep the event fresh for 2020."

It'll be the first time the event has not gone ahead since it started 45 years ago, with the decision announced by the Grand Avenue Business Association on Facebook.

"It was a difficult and unanimous decision but one that the board of directors made to keep the event fresh for 2020," said interim president Allison Penner-Hurst.

The association says that it wants to produce a "successful, safe, and fun event next year," and will be looking for community input "to create an event that reflects the traditions and interests of the businesses and neighbors who call Grand Avenue home."

The news will be a blow to businesses on Grand Avenue that do a roaring trade during the festival, which includes a parade, live music and numerous stalls along the St. Paul thoroughfare.

One small business owner, Jeremy Swede Nilson of The Gaming Goat, replied to the association by saying last year's event was his second best sales day of 2018.

"As a small business I was counting on this event and already upping my inventory," he wrote, before adding: "Maybe we should cancel the state fair too."

Follow Bring Me The News on LinkedIn

Next Up

318945683_10161683635994714_4236667683357316937_n

22 dogs taken in by Animal Humane Society from shuttered breeder

The dogs were taken in after a report stated there were too many on a single property.

COVER

Latest on the 2 snowstorms set to impact Minnesota

The first arrives Thursday night into Friday before a bigger system comes next week.

PepperSprayCopMPD

Cop who pepper-sprayed downtown protesters received $150K payout

Samantha Belcourt said she "feared for her life."

Powerball Minnesota lottery

$1 million Powerball prize won in Twin Cities

The winning ticket was sold in Chanhassen for Wednesday's draw.

Screen Shot 2022-12-08 at 9.16.18 AM

Animales Barbeque Co. looks to open brick-and-mortar location

The popular food truck has partnered with the owner of Billy Sushi.

Christmas presents

Here are some 2022 holiday shipping deadlines to keep in mind

Most deadlines are a few days before Christmas Eve.

cat

Minneapolis will waive pet adoption fees on Friday

Pet licensing fees still apply to adoptions at the event.

received_5642181912525380

Family who endured car theft ordeal surprised with trip to Universal Orlando

A father rescued his four children after a thief jumped in his car while he was getting something from his trunk.

Related

Grand Old Day

St. Paul's Grand Old Day is going ahead after all

It had been canceled a week ago, but organizers backtracked following the reaction.

Grand Old Day

St. Paul's Grand Old Day canceled for third straight year

Event planners say they want to focus their time and energy on 2023.

Grand Old Day

St. Paul might get Grand Old Day whether it likes it or not

Grand Old Day Anyway is a real thing, and tickets are on sale.

Grand Old Day

Getting canceled was the best thing to happen to Grand Old Day

A bumper crowd turned out for the resurrected festival.

Grand Old Day

Organizers seeking ideas for 'reimagining' of Grand Old Day

A task force is set to begin meeting next month to reimagine the event.

Grand Old Day

Finances at Grand Old Day subject of police, federal investigation

The annual event was initially canceled this year due to funding issues, before being saved.

st. patrick's day

St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day parade is a drive-through this year

After being canceled last year due to COVID, the annual event is a go this year.