After 27 years being held on a Sunday in September, the Parkville Towne Centre Fair is in for a change.
The long-running street festival will be held on a Saturday this year for the first time.
The Parkville-Carney Business Professional Association announced the change recently through their Facebook page, and on posters like the one you see in the photo attached to this article.
Business association president Michael Tull said moving the fair to Saturday would elimate competition with the Baltimore Ravens schedule.
"With the fair on Sunday, if there was a Ravens home game, or if there was a game on, people wanted to be home to watch that game," Tull said. "We're trying to grow the fair and highlight the area."
Greater Parkville Community Council president Ruth Baisden told Patch she thinks the change is positive, although the community group didn't play a role in the decision.
"The fair has always competed with the Ravens opening game and when the game started people would clear out," Baisden said. "I think moving to Saturday will be good for the fair."
Not everyone is happy about the change though. Collectors Corner owner Randy Myers told Patch in a phone interview that he thought the move might negatively impact his business.
"Sunday made sense since most of the businesses are closed," Myers said. "I'm going to lose business."
Myers expanded on that idea in a post on the association's Facebook page.
"[It's a] bad idea to be on Saturday without consideration for Business who's customers base may not be able to park near the store or even make it in. Sunday is great since many are closed though not my own, so instead of hoping that festival traffic replaces income lost from the fair we could have add on sales. Consultation with vital business in Parkville would have been nice before moving it to a Saturday," he wrote.
What do you think about the move? Should the fair be held on Saturday or Sunday? Tell us in the comments.