The 49th annual 2020 Harvard Flea Market, a major fall fundraiser for both the League of Women Voters of Harvard and the Harvard Schools Trust, is canceled. LWV President Meg Bagdonas announced the decision in an email Monday afternoon, citing the risk of spreading COVID-19 as the principal reason.
The decision to cancel was made jointly by the LWV and the Harvard Schools Trust, Bagdonas wrote. “Based upon the best national, state, and local guidelines available today, increased virus recurrence, and fall virus projections, we believe this is the wisest and safest decision for all concerned.”
The event, typically held Columbus Day weekend, draws hundreds of vendors and attendees from the region. Cancellation is a major financial blow to the flea market’s nonprofit sponsors, wrote Bagdonas, making LWV dues and contributions to the Trust “that much more important so that we may continue our essential wor