For 55 years in a row, Rome has enjoyed the toe-tappin’, cider-sippin’ fun of the Chiaha Harvest Fair, but folks will have to wait until next year to experience it again.
“This year has been full of unprecedented considerations,” said Chiaha Guild President, Jennifer Selman. “As much as it pains us, we feel that the safest and most logical thing to do under the circumstances is to cancel this year’s festival.”
“As long as I’ve been involved with the festival, I never would have expected to see a time when the festival couldn’t happen, but it is simply the right thing to do in the interest of keeping our artists and vendors and patrons safe,” said Andi Beyer, Co-Executive Director of the event.
Since 2002, the festival has been held each year at Ridge Ferry Park, using the park stage as the anchor for the festival grounds.
While the closing of the festival for this year is a sad thing, indeed, the festival’s organizers are working out new ways for their patrons to access the arts and crafts and music they have grown to love over the years.