, a summer staple in the city since 1967, is currently a four day carnival without a place to call home. The non-profit Board of Directors which runs the event, which also includes a parade, announced late Thursday night that the 2012 version may have to be called off if a new location is not found and that the event faces "permanent cancellation."
"Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital where the event has been held for the past two years has decided not to have the carnival on their grounds this year,” said Jan Becker, President of the Board of Directors in a statement. “Monsanto, the other location large enough to hold the carnival midway and a previous host, also turned us down. Unless we find an alternative, we will have to cancel this year,” she said.
Messages seeking comment from and were left late Thursday night.
It is unclear if Creve Coeur Days organizers have a hard and fast deadline in order to keep the event on schedule for 2012. It is usually held in mid to late May.
It began in 1967 as a way to celebrate the opening of the Interstate 270 overpass at Olive Boulevard.