(MITCHELL) – The 2020 Mitchell Persimmon Festival originally scheduled for September 19-26, 2020 has been canceled.
The decision was made following much discussion and collaboration between the Greater Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Persimmon Festival Chairpersons, and state government guidelines. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, they believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization, volunteers, vendors and patrons that would participate in the annual event.
Organizers reviewed the status of other surrounding festivals and guidelines from Back on Track established as part of the Governor’s Executive Order. As with other festivals, it was agreed that officials were facing issues with the following four points:
- Maintaining social distancing at stage events, food booths, and carnival rides.
- The ability to sanitize restroom facilities.
- Ability to track those attending the festival.
- Concerns with the food supply.
It takes hundreds of volunteers and many months of planning the Mitchell Persimmon Festival. The Directors felt waiting any longer to announce the status of the festival would put a strain on many vendors, volunteers, and business partners.
Each year we come together to celebrate our community and provide enriching family activities during the Mitchell Persimmon Festival.
Not unlike any other year, safety is our primary concern for our community and the thousands of attendees from in and out of state. The Directors and Chairpersons brainstormed many solutions that would keep our community safe and allow us to host the Festival and follow CDC guidelines.
The decision was not taken lightly but the board feels this is in the best interest of the Festival. The 74th Mitchell Persimmon Festival will return on September 18-25, 2021.