Laurel’s 2020 Loblolly Festival canceled

Laurel’s 2020 Loblolly Festival canceled

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - Laurel Main Street announced Tuesday its annual Loblolly Festival has been canceled this year.

The announcement came in a Facebook post from Laurel Main Street.

Thousands of people visit Laurel during the Loblolly Festival, which is one reasons why the event could not take place during a pandemic.

“Had to do with the safety and the rules and regulations that are laid out,” said Laurel Main Street President Truitt Taylor. “We just didn’t feel like with 30,000 visitors and an unticketed event that we could properly protect the vendors and attendees, and ultimately that was probably the main deciding factor.”

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the 2020 Loblolly Festival has been cancelled. We will still proceed with our annual Scarecrow Harvest, so we hope you’ll #GetDowntown and enjoy!

Posted by Laurel Main Street on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Loblolly Festival takes place on the first Saturday of October and usually features vendors, artists, crafters and live music.

The festival celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with more than 200 vendors from several states.

Laurel Main Street said it will still proceed with its annual Scarecrow Harvest.

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