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Eugene Celebration 2014 Cancelled

paradeEUGENE, Ore. — This year’s Eugene Celebration has been cancelled.

Kesey Enterprises, Inc. made the announcement Tuesday.

Coordinators say they are cancelling this year’s event due to the lack of space in downtown Eugene.

In the statement, organizers say downtown Eugene’s growth has gained more momentum during the past year than they could have imagined, and the changes have required them to modify key features of the Eugene Celebration.

For example, in the past, previously empty lots that served as stages are now home to new buildings like the LCC downtown campus and new commerce building.

Organizers say they hope to bring the celebration back in 2015.

Click here to read the full announcement.

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  1. Anand Holtham-Keathley says:

    What about all that area by the Electric Station? KLCC use to have a stage there until they moved it to next to their new office. They could easily close some more streets. I suspect something else is happening. Best guess, Kesey Enterprises wanted more money, told them it would not happen without it and no one blinked. Let’s just all pick a day and do it anyway.

  2. Rose says:

    Noooooo! We want the Eugene Celebration! There has to be some other creative option. Scale it back. Use Alton Baker park, or the grasslands along the river (From the
    Campbell Center to the Rose gardens). & perhaps the EWEB Plaza? Have the parade on the river trail for walking or bikes only (non motorized). Use the Fairgrounds. There has got to be a way to have a scaled down Eugene Celebration. The party must go on!

  3. Anand Holtham-Keathley says:

    The Saturday Market Stage could stay open late and you would still have the Willamette street stage and the KLCC stage and all of the stuff along Broadway. Hire the Saturday Market crew to run the whole thing and drop Kesey Entertainment. Or maybe have the whole show along the bike path. starting at the EWEB Plaza. Again, get a different crew to run it.

  4. Deb Elder says:

    That’s totally unacceptable.

  5. jb says:

    Sweet, now if we can just get rid of the Country Fair. Maybe combine the two and move them to california.

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