HILLSBORO – The official Hillsboro Festival of Bells committee have made a statement just days after Governor Dewine releases guidance around Festivals.
“The Festival of the Bells Committee, the City of Hillsboro, and the Highland County Health Department have determined the need to cancel the 2021 Festival of the Bells. Currently, it is too difficult to provide a safe event for our community, guests, artists and vendors. The potential for a large crowd in a confined area is a health concern. The decision was made with heavy hearts but with the best intentions in mind for all involved. Efforts will focus on a strong comeback for the 2022 Festival of the Bells,” the Committee stated on facebook.
The committee who cancelled also in 2020, had great hopes of a comeback festival this year. The 2021 concert lineup set to include Caylee Hammack, Matt Stell and Jordan Feliz. The 2021 festival will would have been held July 1-3.
There is no question on the kind of impact cancelling festivals for one year has on local charities, but two years may have a permeant impact on how some of these festivals operate for years to come.