WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says it has reached an agreement with the Smithsonian Institution to keep the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall.
The agency announced a new five-year agreement Wednesday that will be signed during the festival’s opening ceremony. Some festival supporters have worried new turf regulations on the National Mall would force the festival to relocate elsewhere.READ MORE: National Guard Protecting U.S. Capitol Served 'Raw, Moldy Food,' Some With Metal Shavings, Lawmakers Say
The agreement calls for the festival to be held on the National Mall between 7th and 14th streets for the next five years whenever possible.READ MORE: COVID In Maryland: 786 New Cases As Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Fall
Next year the festival will be held between 3rd and 7th streets on the mall during the second phase of a turf restoration project. The park service says it will work with the Smithsonian to find a suitable location during the turf overhaul.MORE NEWS: March 5 Marks 1 Year Since First COVID Cases Reported In Maryland, Gov. Hogan Declares Friday A Day Of Remembrance
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