2020-05-20

Coronavirus concerns shelve Folk Harbour fest, South Shore in Motion in 2020

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>FILE PHOTO</p><p>A South Shore in Motion event in action in 2019.</p>
  • <p>FILE PHOTO</p><p>An image from the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in 2019.</p>

More festivals and events slated for 2020 continue to be casualties due to coronavirus concerns.

Add the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and South Shore in Motion to the growing list of fairs going on temporary hiatus because of COVID-19 pandemic.

"We were so excited about the lineup of musicians that were booked to perform at the festival this year," Louis Robitaille, of folk harbour festival's program committee, said in a statement. "We had new acts and returning favourites from Nova Scotia, other Canadian provinces, and the USA, but cancelling was the only responsible decision that could be made."

The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society already shelved several fundraisers, such as concerts, along with rentals of the opera house. Organizers are asking ticket holders to consider donating ticket costs back to the charity.

"Because of all these losses, we can really use help to offset the Society's ongoing, year-round expenses that would normally be covered by ticket sales, donations, and sponsorships," Robitaille said.

The main event, one of the longest-running music festivals in the country, is re-scheduled for August 5-8, 2021.

"While this is hugely disappointing for Folk Harbour's audience members, many volunteers, and musicians, as well as for the businesses in and around Lunenburg, it was simply impossible to go ahead with this event" this year, Robitaille added.

More about the festival and society can be found at https://www.folkharbour.com on the internet.

Meanwhile, South Shore in Motion, a summertime automotive extravaganza, cited the pandemic for putting the brakes on its 2020 festival.

The festival now looks to turn its wheels in 2021 to mark the 15th edition of the popular event. The organization said it prioritized the safety of the community, including sponsors, vendors, volunteers, participants, and spectators when it reached the decision.

"We will do everything to make it, once again, memorable and so that together we can celebrate competitiveness and friendship so that we can smile, laugh, fraternize, in short, live our love for the automotive industry," the festival society posted on its social media page.

More about South Shore in Motion can be found at http://www.southshoreinmotion.ca on the internet.

Concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have led to numerous festival and fair postponements.

The Hank Snow festival and Privateer Days in Queens County, along with the South Shore Exhibition, and scarecrow festival in Lunenburg County, are among entertainment casualties in 2020.

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