Fall for Greenville canceled this year due to coronavirus
One of Greenville’s largest and most popular events will not happen this year due to the novel coronavirus.
Bank of America Fall for Greenville, which has been celebrated for nearly four decades, will not happen this year, at least not as an in-person event, according to a statement released by the City of Greenville Wednesday.
Instead of the usual spectacular that brings together local restaurants, beverage purveyors, musicians and thousands of residents to raise money for local non-profits and that this year was scheduled for Oct. 8-10, organizers said they would pivot to offer a series of “virtual offerings designed to help support the restaurants, musicians and nonprofit organizations that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.”
“Our goal is to provide opportunities that focus on strengthening the Greenville community and give back to those who have been so instrumental in the quality and longevity of the festival,” Fall for Greenville Board Chair Megan Finnern, said in a statement.
While the city had hoped to keep the festival alive this year by holding it at a later date, current information about projections for the spread of the virus and the safety of holding large gatherings meant pushing forward with Fall for Greenville “could potentially put attendees and surrounding communities at risk,” Finnern said in the statement, as “it would be impossible for us to ensure our festival guests maintain the recommended social distance.”
The virtual events will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 40th anniversary of Fall for Greenville is in 2021 and the plans are already in the works to make next year’s milestone event extra special, Finne said.
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