Dayton History based its decision on the most recent recommendations and directives from Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control to limit public interactions and the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the draft announcement said.
“While we are disappointed not to be moving forward, it is in the best interest of our guests, vendors, volunteers and employees,” Dayton History officials said in the draft news release.
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“To everyone that has supported this event over the past 28 years, including the locally owned and operated restaurants that have partnered with us, we cannot thank you enough for contributing to the growth of the event. We look forward to coming back even stronger in 2021. The funds raised with this food and wine festival help Dayton History and Carillon Historical Park share the Dayton region's unique stories and preserve over 45 Historic buildings and 3 million community artifacts” the draft release said.
Fleurs de Fete was conceived by Heidelberg Distributing Co. CEO Vail Miller and Arrow Wine Owner Mike Frank. Today their sons Vail Miller Jr. and Mif Frank continue the community tradition in collaboration with Dayton History.
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The festival was held at Carillon Park for a few years following its inception, spent several years at Lincoln Park Civic Commons in Kettering, returned to Carillon Park from 2001-2014, briefly changed its name to “Fleurs et Vin,” spent 2015 at Welcome Park near Welcome Stadium, then returned to its roots in 2016 with its original Fleurs de Fete name and its original venue at Carillon Park.
Proceeds from Fleurs de Fête benefit Dayton History in its mission, which the organization describes as “to inspire generations by connecting them with the people, places, and events that changed Dayton and the world.”