Dear Friends of the Festival of the Forks,
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world. We are entering into a “new normal” that is reshaping how we live our daily lives and how we come together as a community. Albion has a long tradition of festivals, gatherings, and showing up to have a good time. We thrive off that sense of community and togetherness because we truly love our friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, we have to think about what is best for our community, and making sure that we are able to celebrate Albion for many years to come. It is with great regret and sadness that the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce is announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Festival of the Forks.
Under Governor Whitmer’s phased plan for reopening, large gatherings of more than 250 people will not be allowed until Phase 6, when either a vaccine is available or transmissions of the disease have zeroed out in a community. With the amount of preparation that goes into the Festival of the Forks, and the uncertainty of where we will be in the reopening plan come September, we do not feel like we can put on an event worthy of being called the Festival of the Forks. We understand that people will be disappointed, just as we are, but this decision was not made lightly and without many conversations with health officials. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our community and those visiting. With no way to enforce social distancing and masks, we cannot provide for a safe venue for everyone.
What we can tell you is that we are going to take all the energy that was going to go into this year’s Festival of the Forks and add it to 2021. We have a strong, resilient community in Albion, and we will bounce back next year. Mark your calendars for September 17-18, 2021, because we’ll be back, and we want to make sure you’re all there with us.
Continue to stay safe and healthy, and we’ll see you next year.
Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce