Summer has arrived, and there are still many uncertainties surrounding outdoor activities.
Due to the circumstances, the Newville Fountain Festival Committee has decided to postpone the two-day event. It will now be a one-day event, likely held on Saturday, Oct. 10.
“It all depends on the circumstances at that particular time,” Carolyn Kough, chair of the Fountain Festival Committee, said. “We are holding off until August to start making plans.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fountain Festival, and Kough said that is one reason the committee still wants to hold something for the community. The Fountain Festival celebrates the town with live music, food and craft vendors, a car show, themed parade and various contests. Proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofit organizations.
“We are talking about having a chicken BBQ, and also having local restaurants and organizations set up food stands, but that is all tentative,” Kough added.
The festival was slated to be held the weekend of June 19 and 20, and Kough said the committee has been discussing the event and the coronavirus pandemic for the past few months.
“We knew we were probably going to have to cancel, but we made the decision in early May,” she added.
This is the first time the Fountain Festival has been canceled completely, Kough noted.
“We had to postpone it one year due to a tropical storm, but we held it in September,” she recalled.
Kough said she always enjoys seeing the people she only gets to see once a year during the festival, along with the food, music, and of course, the crowd!
“We all feel badly about the circumstances. Of course, there is nothing we can do about it,” she added.
Updates on plans for the scaled back version of the Fountain Festival will be published at a later date.