Given that Oregon is currently among the states with the fastest-growing COVID-19 case count in the country, the State of Oregon announced April 27th that Lane County is moving back to the “extreme risk” category; the most restrictive county risk level.

The news came as a blow to event organizers of the Oregon Asian Celebration Night Market, planned for May 7, 14, 21, and 28th on the downtown Eugene park blocks. “Holding an entertainment event at a time when COVID-19 is spreading rapidly caused concern amongst our event planners, performers, vendors, and volunteers,” said David Tam, the celebration’s event director.

“Lane County recommended the event be held this summer when the county’s risk level improves and more people are vaccinated,” Tam said. “The increasing number of cases presents too much of a public safety risk for everyone involved, even as an outdoor entertainment event. We feel this is the right thing to do.”

The event features stage entertainment of dance, music, and martial arts; marketplace vendors,youth activities, and food carts/trucks taking place on the east and west park blocks.

This postponement does not affect the Asian Celebration downtown Windowfront Exhibits of fine arts, cultural heritage exhibits, and craft demonstrations that will be on display in May in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander month.

“The Oregon Asian Celebration will definitely be held this year, and we will be confirming a future date and location very soon, “Tam said. “Given what has happened this past year, we all need to celebrate and come together as a community.”