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Summer Soulstice Arts Festival canceled

Summertime in Mitchell just lost a little soul. Mitchell Main Street & Beyond announced the cancellation of this year's Summer Soulstice event originally scheduled for June 18. The 2016 Summer Soulstice Arts Festival would have marked its thi...

Summertime in Mitchell just lost a little soul.

Mitchell Main Street & Beyond announced the cancellation of this year's Summer Soulstice event originally scheduled for June 18.

The 2016 Summer Soulstice Arts Festival would have marked its third consecutive year on Mitchell's Main Street, after it returned from a three-year hiatus in 2014. Prior to the move to Main Street, which attracted hundreds to the historic district in 2015, the festival was held in various locations, including more than 30 years at Hitchcock Park.

According to the Mitchell Main Street & Beyond's Facebook page, the event was canceled with the hopes of returning with similar events in 2017. The announcement also said refunds will be made to all vendors that paid to participate in the festival.

Mitchell Main Street & Beyond Director Jen Johnston did not return calls from The Daily Republic regarding the canceled event, but the announcement attributes the cancellation to "a number of contributing factors."

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The most recent iteration of the event featured more than 50 vendors who showed off their crafts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Main Street. The vendors' booths included paintings, pottery, home decor, clothing and jewelry. The festival also included live music, food vendors and a variety of children's activities.

When announcing the cancellation of one of its larger summer events, the local organization encouraged locals to attend the weekly Downtown Thursdays concert series beginning June 2, the Crazy Days sale on July 26-27 and the Fall Wine Walk in September.

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