Council Likely to Approve ‘Retroactive’ Kids ArtsFest Permits

Photograph courtesy of Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

This past weekend’s “Kids ArtsFest” was considered a success by all involved, but it apparently took place without necessary city permits.

Haverhill city councilors Tuesday night are expected to approve an Event Vendor Permit for food and toy vendors “retroactively.” It was originally assumed individual vendors had their own hawkers and peddlers licenses.

“It’s a source of confusion for a lot of people,” said City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas. “The chamber was unaware of this requirement,” she added,

KidsArtFest took place from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 2, in the state-designated Riverfront Cultural District. Last year’s event was shrouded in controversy when it was moved for the first time to Kimball Farm on the outskirts of the city. Chamber leaders at the time rejected an offer of free shuttle buses from the owner of the city’s school bus service.