BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, July 2, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Brigham City annual Peach Days Festival has been cancelled.
“As organizers of the Brigham City Peach Days Festival, we have been closely monitoring the ever-evolving COVID-19 crisis,” said an email from organizers. “Based on the high degree of uncertainty about what the coming months will hold, and after consulting city officials, local health department, and local community groups; and in the best interest of the general public, our volunteers, vendors, businesses, and the non-profit groups that are involved, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s annual Peach Days.”
The festival was scheduled for Sept. 9 through Sept. 12.
“While we are disheartened at the thought of a year without this traditional event, we feel that moving forward with the given uncertainty would be a risk to our community, businesses, volunteers, vendors and guests,” said Monica Holdaway, executive director of the Box Elder Chamber of Commerce.
“We also want to make sure we are able to provide the support our local business community needs at this time. Peach Days will be back, and we will endeavor to make it better than ever, but for now we will focus on our business members to make sure they too return stronger than before.”
Marcie Powell, president of the Box Elder Chamber of Commerce board, added: “This was one of the hardest decisions the chamber and the board has had to make in a very long time. Knowing the rich history and tradition behind Peach Days I can assure you this decision was not made lightly or without extensive conversation amongst the board. However, and with the current state guidelines the health and safety of our community is much more important to us.”
Peach Days will return from Sept. 8 to Sept. 11, 2021. For more information, please visit the Peach Days website.
Peach Days began in 1904 as a day-off from the harvest and time to celebrate “an abundance of the best peaches in Utah,” organizers said, and is attended by some 35,000 people each year.