Springfield Ethnic Festival canceled due to declining attendance

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SPRINGFIELD - According to festival officials, Springfield's annual Ethnic Festival has been canceled due to declining attendance.

The Labor Day weekend festival has been held every year for more than 40 years, and allowed people to sample food from different cultures.  The festival drew as many as 75,000 people in the 1970's and 1980's, but that number has dwindled to about 9,000 in recent years.

On Wednesday, festival president Charlie Palazzolo said the event had lost money in the last three or four years, mostly due to the poor weather during the last three.

Palazzolo says community clubs and groups that used to participate have dropped out, and organizers have had to bring in vendors.  He also said that festival may return in the future, but on a smaller scale.

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