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Christmas festival canceled in Powhatan

Photo provided KETTLECORN is among the vendors selling food at the Powhatan Marina during last year’s Christmas In The Village of Powhatan. The festival has been canceled this year because of COVID-19.

POWHATAN — Christmas has been canceled — Christmas In The Village of Powhatan, that is.

Organizers of the Christmas in the Village of Powhatan festival announced Friday they were canceling the annual event, which is celebrated community wide.

“Many fairs and festivals will not take place this year. With many summer events canceled, event organizers have had to make difficult decisions about how to proceed with the festival Christmas In The Village of Powhatan 2020,” said Sandy Sisson, one of the event’s organizers.

“The officers and members reluctantly announce that they are cancelling our festival that takes place the second weekend in November due to the Coronavirus-19. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you all in 2021.”

Dozens of community events have been canceled during the past few months because of coronavirus concerns. Scientists say the virus spreads more easily in larger groups whether they are outside or inside.

While COVID-19 vaccine trials are underway across the globe by various companies, there is not one available yet for the public.

Since March about 140,000 people have died because of the virus in the United States.

Along with Powhatan, last week organizers of the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival decided to cancel, though the King Pumpkin Weigh-In is supposed to still happen at some point this year. And because of a new state mandate, only the junior or 4-H portion of county fairs can happen.

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