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Wood Co. commission cancels festivals

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Honey Festival and the Harvest Moon Festival will not be held this year because of the pandemic, a representative from the Wood County Recreation Commission told the Wood County Commission Monday.

John Badgley with the Recreation Commission appeared before the county commission to talk about the decision to not hold either event this year due to the pandemic. The Honey Festival was scheduled Aug. 15-16 and the Harvest Moon Festival was scheduled Sept. 19-20, both at Parkersburg City Park.

The recreation commission has been receiving calls from vendors and others about the festivals, but instructions and mandates from the state about holding safe events seem to change regularly and the rec commission decided to postpone both events until next year, Badgley said.

”We are facing the same situations that everyone is,” he said. ”We have no on-going programming right now. All the guidelines seem to change weekly from the governor’s office.”

Discussions have been held with officials from the homecoming festivals in Belpre and Parkersburg and with the Sternwheel Festival.

”Everyone was on the same page that we would punt until next year,” Badgley said. ”It is too difficult to keep up with all of the changes.”

With the size of crowds at the events, it would be hard to maintain social distancing and mask-wearing recommendations among the vendors and the people coming in.

”It is too big of a challenge for our manpower,” Badgley said.

No youth or adult programming is being offered at present. Elementary basketball may be available with school tentatively set to open for the fall.

”Again, that is on hold until we see what goes forward,” Badgley said.

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