BROOKLET, Ga. (WTOC) - The 2020 Brooklet Peanut Festival has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival was scheduled for Sept. 19. According to the Brooklet Community Development Association, Inc., the decision was made with collaboration with local government.
The association said, “the health, well-being, and safety of our sponsors, vendors, festival attendees, volunteers, performers, and local community members who make our festival what it is year after year have always and will continue to be our highest priority.”
Members of the festival committee have weighed their options since the pandemic started and say they've waited to hear from sponsors and others who support the one-day festival. They say sponsorships mean more to a festival like theirs because they don't charge an admission fee.
With many businesses suffering during shutdown, they recognize business owners making priorities.
“If you're a business during all of this, sponsoring the peanut festival might be the last thing on your mind. If you're dealing with issues, you're not going to do that if you're just trying to make payroll,” said Randy Newman, who is on the Festival Committee.
He said another aspect of their decision was liability. The company that normally wrote their insurance for the event wasn't even offering a quote this year.
He said this wasn’t an easy decision by any means and they’ll turn their focus toward returning in 2021.