Rolla Downtown Business Association cancels annual arts festival, Boo Palooza

File - Pictured is Rolla's annual arts and crafts festival in 2018. On Tuesday, the festival along with Boo Palooza were canceled.

In an announcement on Facebook, the downtown business association said the 42nd annual Arts and Crafts Festival, on Oct. 17, and Boo Palooza, on Oct. 31, were canceled out of concern for the health of residents.

The Phelps Maries County Health Department had also recommended the downtown business association cancel both events.

“Although these are very popular outdoor events, we are concerned about the safety of our citizens. We hope to be back next year with both of these fun-filled, family-oriented events,” the association said.