Citing concern for public health in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic the Walthall Dairy Festival board of directors voted last week to cancel the 2020 festival, which had been scheduled for June 6.
The directors voted unanimously to cancel the annual festival for the first time in its over 40 year history.
“While we regret calling off the festival this year, we feel it is the right thing to do,” said Carolyn Dillon, spokesman for the group.
Meanwhile, the festival, staged annually by hundreds of volunteers, will continue it planning to return with an even bigger and better festival in 2021.
“We’ll be back on the first Saturday in June 2021, and our volunteers are already discussing plans and the addition of new events,” Dillon said.
Meantime, 2020 Dairy Festival T-shirts, which went on sale at local banks prior to the Covid-19 outbreak in the U.S., will remain on sale for $10 for sizes youth small through extra large, $12.50 for sizes 2X and 3X.
“We’ve always made the Festival T-shirts prices economical so that everyone can afford one, and many of the shirts have become local collectibles. No doubt the 2020 T-shirts will one of the more sought-after designs as it represents the first festival we’ve ever cancelled,” Dillon said.