COVID notes: YMCA cancels 2020 BooFest. No Chiaha festival this October. Northwest Georgia Regional Fair in Calhoun cancels September event.

COVID notes: YMCA cancels 2020 BooFest. No Chiaha festival this October. Northwest Georgia Regional Fair in Calhoun cancels September event.


YMCA cancels BooFest: “Our community continues to face challenges related to COVID, and with our commitment to Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility, we believe it is in our community’s best interest to cancel BooFest at the Y this year. We are grateful to our BooFest sponsors who help create the “Magic of BooFest” each year and to all of the families who attend. We will miss seeing you. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Southeastern Mills. They have graciously maintained their support of BooFest at the Y for 2020. Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms. We we feature some fun, family friendly, at-home BooFest activities in October! And, be sure to mark your calendar for Oct. 15, 2021 for the return of BooFest at the Y.”
Chiaha Harvest Fair canceled: “It is with great sadness that we must announce that we will be canceling the 2020 Chiaha Harvest Fair. In light of concerns over safely serving our artists and patron in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we feel it is the most prudent choice. Watch for news in the coming days introducing a new Chiaha Harvest Fair Marketplace public Facebook group that will give patrons the opportunity to shop with all of your favorite Chiaha artists, craftsmen and musicians that you have come to love over the years.”
Northwest Georgia Regional Fair in Calhoun cancels September event:  “The Northwest Georgia Regional Fair in Calhoun has waited to determine if they can continue with their traditional September dates. Being six weeks away from set up, they had to decide and have joined the list of cancellations. The fair scheduled for Sept. 11-19 featuring North Georgia’s own Peachtree Rides, livestock and agricultural shows, blue ribbon competitions, pageants and numerous vendors will not be held this year.
“We have been closely watching the rise in hospitalizations in the area and continue to see an upward trend. Our area hospitalizations are at their highest since the beginning of the virus. We simply cannot risk the health of our community at this time, so in that interest we have decided to cancel the event for the September dates,” says Bud Owens, president of the Cherokee Capital Fair Association which produces the annual event.
“This was difficult but we do not want our volunteers, workers or community members to get sick due to our decisions. We will watch closely and should hospitalizations
dramatically decrease and the spread slow, we may reconsider holding an event in early November. It is a possibility but we will have to wait and see.”

The Knights of Columbus Labor Day Barbecue canceled because of COVID concerns: The annual fund-raiser, set for Sept. 7 at Rome Civic Center, is “just not feasible” this year because of the pandemic and safety protocol.

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