RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WTOC) - The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival has officially been canceled for this year.
The festival was scheduled to happen Nov. 6-8, 2020, in Richmond Hill.
The festival committee announced the decision Friday in a Facebook post. They say it was based on many factors, including budgetary and health concerns.
Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce CEO Katherine Johnson said the festival is the primary fundraiser for the chamber and it hurts to have to cancel it. She said last year after having to cancel one of the big days due to the rain, vendors really took a big hit.
She said although July may seem early to make such a big decision, there is a lot that goes into planning the festival. Not only that, but they're also taking a major financial hit because when people come to the festival, they not only eat locally but they shop locally, too.
“A lot of our vendors in probably August will start ordering merchandise for that weekend, food for that weekend, so they start spending a lot of money now and so we wanted to make sure that we made the decision early enough that it didn’t cost them more than it had to. It’s definitely going to be a major financial hit with us not having it, but it was also going to be more of a financial hit if we had it and it wasn’t successful, or if we could only have 50 percent capacity,” Johnson said.
Johnson said they’re hoping to go on with the festival in 2021, however the safety and health of the community and vendors is their main concern.