Blueberry Festival canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 9:11 AM EDT
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The 54th Annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival is one that normally brings more than 300 thousand people to Plymouth each year, and this will be the first time in 54 years that that's not going to happen.

Every year on Labor Day Weekend, Centennial Park is normally flooded with thousands of people all for the Marshall County Blueberry Festival.

But, due to COVID-19, the hustle and bustle won't be happening this year.

"The park is large, but you can't keep people 6 feet apart. So that in itself and the fact of the spreading of COVID-19 made the decision for the board of directors. It's a very hard decision," festival coordinator Karen Oneal said.

The four-day festival is typically full of activities like games, hot air balloons, to performances.

Hundreds of vendors who join the community for the fun-filled event as well.

"A lot of even our vendors were our not-for-profits. It's a big impact on our not-for-profits here in the community," Oneal said.

It's an impact felt by the entire community, as the festival brings in people from all over.

Oneal says it is an event that takes them an entire year to prepare.

"We plan for a whole year for each festival. So, as soon as September is done, we're out planning the next festival," Oneal said.

They plan to be back and better than ever in 2021.

"We're already starting to plan for 2021. It's a sad thing for us to not have it and not support the community, but we're going to plan some new things," Oneal said.

While the Board of Director and our Volunteers have certainly worked diligently to put on our event, we have reached the point where we needed to make a final decision that it is not possible for us to be confident that we can realistically meet all the Governor Holcomb's requirements in the reopening of Indiana. It's with the best interest and careful consideration of the welfare and safety for all the Vendors, Patrons, Volunteers and our County that we the Marshall County Blueberry Festival Board of Directors must cancel our 54th Annual Festival this year for September 4th- 7th, 2020. We are heartbroken and will miss our 4-day festival this year but will come back strong in September 3rd- 6th 2021. The festival is put on entirely by 15 board members, a festival coordinator and hundreds of volunteers whose hard work all year long makes this festival a reality every Labor Day Weekend. We would like to thank everyone who helps make this festival a huge success! Please be safe and see you in 2021.

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