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When the COVID-19 lockdown began in March, none of us would have believed that we would still be looking at a shutdown in August. We all hoped our state’s numbers would turn around and we could find a way to hold events to give everyone something to look forward to.
Our staff has struggled to find solutions. We’ve discussed how we could limit capacity. We’ve discussed how we could successfully sanitize and maintain socially-distant vendor booths, food booths, amusement rides, food tables and port-potties, etc. We’ve discussed if there was any way we could salvage parts of Autumn Treasures/Grill’n & Chill’n that could follow guidelines and still go on. However, with the mass gathering outdoors limit still holding at 25 in NC, and indoors at 10, which includes festivals, parades and events, it is feasibly impossible to hold a large-scale event at this time. Even if that amount was raised to 250 (hypothetically), the complexity would be extremely difficult for our small staff of 8 to manage.
The Town ultimately determined that cancelling the 2020 Autumn Treasures/Grill’n & Chill’n BBQ Cook-off scheduled for October 9-11, 2020 is the correct action for the health and safety of our community and to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community. We are sad, but we look forward to seeing you all next year, (October 8-10, 2021) in downtown Waxhaw! All vendors, concessionaires, sponsors and BBQ Teams previously registered will be receiving refunds shortly. If you submitted payment more than 90 days ago, your refund will be issued via check. If shorter than 90 days, then the refund will be issued back to the credit card used when you registered.
Under North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 141, effective May 20, 2020 until rescinded, drive-in events are allowable mass gatherings such as drive-in movies, and drive-in concerts. We are also seeing many Parks & Recreation Departments get creative and organize reverse parades where the floats and entertainers are parked in parking spaces a minimum of 6 feet apart and the public drives through the route! So look for activities such as these to appear on Waxhaw’s event calendar for the Fall of 2020 including a modified Fright Night Halloween event scheduled for October 24. Stay tuned for more details on these socially-distanced approved events. Until then, stay healthy and be kind to each other. These are tough times for all of us.
For additional information, contact Waxhaw Parks & Recreation Director Dena Sabinske at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-843-2195 ext. 278.