Planned for Sabae City’s Nishiyama Park, Announcement by the Executive Committee
The 61st Sabae Azalea Festival (sponsored by Fukui Shimbun) was schedule to take place on May 3rd and 4th at Nishiyama Park (Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture); however, as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19, the executive committee announced the decision to suspend the event, for the second year in a row.
All events connected with the festival will subsequently not take place. There will neither be a special parking area at Sundome Fukui, nor will the shuttle bus operate during the scheduled days.
In a normal year, the Sabae Azalea Festival attracts roughly 150,000 visitors from within and outside the prefecture. Being the season of blooming cherry blossoms and azaleas, there are many visitors, even outside the festival period. Thus, food stands and other such stalls are suspended from operating at the park between March 27th and May 16th.
The festival’s executive committee expressed, “It is unfortunate to suspend this event. But we wish everyone to understand that, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, being in the park for long period of time can increase the risk of infection. We still hope for people to enjoy walking through the park and its flowers, while spreading out the time of visit”. The parking area nearby Sabae City Hall will have free parking from May 1st to May 5th, during Golden Week.