City and school leaders decided Tuesday to cancel the Stow Community Showcase citing an overabundance of caution related to recent concerns around the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Monday's announcement of three confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County prompted leaders to look at the Community Showcase event in the context of the health and wellness of residents and visitors.
"The city of Stow prides itself on its community signature events, none of which are as important as the Stow Community Showcase," said Stow Mayor John Pribonic. "We are disappointed in having to cancel this year's event, however the safety and wellbeing of our residents, student volunteers and visitors remains our greatest concern. We know that there was a tremendous amount of work put in by our planning committee and vendors, but when it comes to resident safety, we will always error on the side of caution."
The two-day community showcase event featuring local businesses, community vendors and organizations was set to take place on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Thousands of visitors have traditionally attended the event.
"Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools has always valued our partnership with the city and the Chamber of Commerce and has been honored to host the Community Showcase for decades," said Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Superintendent Tom Bratten. "Unfortunately, the risk factors associated with this year's event have forced us to rethink holding the event at this time. We see a clear line of distinction between an open community event and student attendance during a traditional school day."
City and school leaders will continue to monitor the scenario as it impacts the local community. For additional resources regarding COVID-19, visit the CDC website: www.cdc.gov.
"While this is a difficult decision to make, we know this is right for our community at this time," said Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Cork. "As a community we will work together to determine alternative ways to connect residents with resources throughout our community into the future."