TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Tipp City Mum Festival board and committee have decided to cancel the Mum Festival in September due to the risk of COVID-19.
Organizers said that after numerous discussions concerning the 2020 festival they decided that the social distancing guidelines would be too great for the committee to enforce, adding that the health of the community is its top priority.
The festival board vice president, Kevin Cox, said the Mum Festival includes a queens pageant, live entertainment, and a car show among other events. He said they would have to adhere to strict guidelines at every event.
“For the car show alone, it’s close to a thousand cars,” said Cox. “We would have had to park cars six feet apart and there are cars that show up here Thursday night for a Friday car show, so it just would have been tough.”
The decision to cancel was criticized by some online, but others like Heather Bailey said they support the cancellation.
“I think if this is what we’ve got to do to stay safe, I’d rather do that,” said Bailey. “I know our Mum Festival will be back with us another year.”
The Mum Festival normally brings thousands to downtown Tipp City, so both Cox and Bailey said the festival’s absence will be felt, but Bailey mentioned she was thankful the Tipp City Downtown Partnership has created a coroavirus relief program.
“Times like the Mum Festival, when the foot traffic is going to go down, there’s still sort of a backstop that the community’s come together to create, there’s this emergency relief fund that our merchants will be able to tap into,” said Bailey.
Organizers say the Mum Festival will be back in 2021.
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