The City Of Canton makes an unprecedented move to cancel April's First Monday Trade Days.

The First Monday Trade Days grounds have been hosting monthly trade, swap, buy and barter events since the 1850's. This months event, scheduled April 2nd - 5th, will be the first time in its long history that there will not be an event happening because of COVID-19 coronavirus.

The city made the announcement via their website and released the following statement:

The City of Canton has been monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our citizens, vendors, visitors, and employees remains our highest priority. Closing First Monday due to COVID-19 was a hard decision because it supports more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and local merchants who rely on this market for their livelihood. But, we feel closing the April 2-5, 2020 Trade Days is in the best interest of our local community and the thousands of folks who come from all over the country to sell and shop at First Monday, Canton. We want to help fight the spread of this virus and hope you join us in our efforts.

Vendors may contact their property owner for more information.

First Monday Trade Days has been open every month without fail for 170 years, no matter the weather or conditions. We are the oldest and largest old-fashioned outdoor shopping venue where people can come and meet face to face to buy, sell and trade goods. After we are cleared to re-open, we want to encourage anyone and everyone to come back out to First Monday to support the artisans and vendors that provide the unique products who have been First Monday’s specialty since the 1850s.

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