We know that these are unusual times for our country and our community is no different. This year has been a trying time for many and our small businesses have taken a hit. Our businesses need our support now more than ever.
Our goal has been to find a way to keep this event scheduled in an effort to support our local businesses, while being diligent in developing safety precautions to create as safe an environment as possible for those who would like to attend. Please read below the safety steps we are putting in place.
The decision to hold the Festival this year was not made lightly. The prevailing support for the thought that our local small businesses need the event to take place was the overarching reason for the Board of Director's decision to move ahead with planning. The planning for this event begins 6-8 months in advance. Many of our local businesses have asked that we please move forward with finding a way to host this event this year.
We are a small rural community and we love our community and the people that live here. We want to provide the safest event possible for them and our visitors.That means that the event will be different this year, with many safety precautions in place.
We are fortunate that our event is held in a 42,000 square foot building where we can control the number of people who enter (much like a WalMart or Home Depot). Expect us to be controlling the number of visitors in the building each day.
Face coverings will be required. We will have face masks available at the event for those who may have forgotten theirs. We will be supplying our vendors with face shields. Our volunteers will have face masks, gloves and plexi shields at the ticket desk.
We will have social distancing floor locators throughout the building, capacity postings per room as well as hand sanitizing stations throughout the building. We will have a cleaning crew cleaning all high touch surfaces throughout each day of the event with special cleaners. Each vendor booth will have hand sanitizers at their booths.
We are working with local health care staff to see if we can accomodate temperature checks at the event. If staffing is available we will implement this additional safety precaution daily for both visitors and vendors. If you register a temperature you will not be allowed to enter.
We understand that many will not be able to join us this year and we completely understand. For those that do want to visit the Festival, we want you to know that we will be putting all of these precautions in place for you and our community. We believe we will have more safety precautions at this event than any other facility in the county.
And we hope that you will enter into a partnership with us to help us make the event a safe environment. If you are sick, or feel unwell, please do not come this year. Our area has visitors from other areas of the country every year and this year is no different. Visitors have been visiting here since March of this year on their vacations. Whether coming for a vacation or coming to an event, we ask that you take the same precautions in our county as you would your own.
We will continue to post additional safety precautions that will be in place at the Festival as the date nears. Check back here for updates.