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Blackstone moves forward with Farnam Fest plans

Posted at 10:32 AM, Sep 16, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Blackstone Business Association announced on Wednesday that Farnam Fest will still be happening this year, with COVID precautions put in place and extra day of festivities added to the schedule.

The weekend will begin with an event kick-off on Friday, October 2nd from 5-9 p.m., and will continue with a variety of spaces and activities on Saturday, October 3rd from 2-9 p.m.

"For the first time since its inception, Farnam Fest will host an additional evening of local engagement with a Food Truck Rally and Dueling DJ night on Friday, October 2nd," the association shared in a press release.

The following day will feature three main activation sites, The Marketplace, The Vineyard and The Main Stage, while a fourth location hosts a family-friendly Pet Parade.

The outdoor block party will be expanding beyond Farman Street and into the surrounding Blackstone neighborhood to ensure social distancing measures, and the festival will be offering limited admittance.

"With the health and well being of the community as top priority, The Blackstone District Association and Blackstone Business Improvement District are working with the Douglas County Health Department to ensure a safe environment for everyone," the association wrote,

Attendants are required to comply with the Mayor’s mask mandate. Temperatures will be taken before entry.

All tables at each of the four activation sites are spaced apart by six feet.

The event has tripled its square footage from previous years to ensure room for social distancing. All volunteers will wear masks and gloves.

Hand sanitizer from local brewery and distillery, Brickway, will be readily available at stations around the event.

A full list of precautions will be available at