For the first time in 47 years, there won’t be a Warrens Cranberry Festival. The Warrens Cranberry Festival board of directors voted at their June 8 meeting to cancel the 2020 festival due to COVID-19 concerns.
This year’s festival was scheduled for Sept. 25-27, and organizers expected 45,000 visitors per day to fill the streets of Warrens, which has a year-round population of 400.
The board posted a notice on its website stating, “While we are disappointed to share this news, protecting our small community and the many faithful visitors who come every year to celebrate with us is of extreme importance to us all.”
“This conclusion is made after much careful deliberation. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably, we feel strongly that the most cautious course is to allow more time for the situation to stabilize. We thank everyone for their patience as we have considered all the matters necessary to making this difficult decision,” the statement reads.
The festival board met with representatives from the Warrens Village Board, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Emergency Government before making their decision.
The Warrens Cranberry Festival has been held every year since 1973. The festival usually draws more than 130,000 people with over 1,300 vendors from across the country. The festival also features food, cranberry marsh tours, a parade and more.
Planning will begin soon for the 2021 festival scheduled for Sept. 24-26, 2021.