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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Town of Bowling Green
P.O. Box 468
Bowling Green, VA 22427
Jo-Elsa Jordan, Town of Bowling Green; Economic Development & Events Coordinator
(804) 516-5045 (Office/Cell)
Bowling Green, VA. – Monday, June 22, 2020; At its June 4th meeting, members of the Bowling Green Town Council voted unanimously to cancel the 31st annual Harvest Festival. The decision was made amidst the ongoing and unpredictable threat posed by the spread of COVID-19, along with the government’s phased approach to large group gatherings.
During the meeting, Town Manager, Reese Peck, asked for Council to consider its position with regard to Harvest Festival and the pandemic, requesting that the governing body make a decision by the July meeting. When event organizer, Jo-Elsa Jordan, was asked by Council for her input, she expressed that while monitoring events across Virginia and conferring with other organizers, many free, large-scale community festivals similar to Harvest Festival, were challenged with implementing the necessary health precautions that would radically change the nature and monetary impacts of such events and therefore, are cancelling.
“An event this large takes a great deal of time and planning, so the decision needed to be made sooner than later.” stated Mayor Jason Satterwhite. He added, “This was not an easy decision for Council to make, especially with the unpredictability of the spread of the virus, but I believe it was done with the safety of our patrons, vendors, volunteers and staff in mind.”
The Harvest Festival is Caroline County’s largest annual event, traditionally scheduled on the third Saturday of October, and boasting attendance of 12,000 – 15,000 people. Festival features include over 100 vendors, food trucks, a large petting zoo, children’s activities, a classic car show, motorcycle show, antique tractor display and live entertainment throughout the day.
Economic Development & Events Coordinator