In a meeting with District 1 Supervisor Brandon Criss, the board of directors for the McCloud Chamber have officially cancelled the Mushroom, Wine Music, Art Festival in May and the McCloud Mountain Bluegrass festival in September.
Things are not looking good for upcoming festivals and events in the town of McCloud this season.
Children were disappointed earlier this month when their annual Easter Egg Hunt was canceled.
In a meeting with District 1 Supervisor Brandon Criss, the board of directors for the McCloud Chamber have officially cancelled the Mushroom, Wine Music, Art Festival in May and the McCloud Mountain Bluegrass festival in September. They have tentatively rescheduled the annual McCloud Flea Market, hopefully looking to have it on September 13th. The Motor the Mountain Car Show event is uncertain.
“The McCloud Chamber of Commerce is a 501c 6 and is self-funded, relying on events to support us and feed our businesses,” said Chamber President Lorinda Meyer. “The venders and porta-potties rely on these events as their only income. Large events are in phase 4 and that is months away.”
The historic 73rd Lumberjack/Fiesta in July is also canceled.
McCloud Community Recreation Council President and Fiesta coordinator Patty Ballard-Faulkner said that her hands are tied.
“The county is not issuing any permits at this time. The planning that goes into these events starts months ahead of time. Applications have to be submitted for permits to the county and health department, ABC for beer licenses, scheduling of porta-potties and dumpsters, the vendor application process, securing volunteers, arranging for set up and take down. It takes time to do all this,” said Ballard-Faulkner.
Beer sales are a money maker at events. One of the complications, says Meyer, is the beer companies are repurposing their facilities to not make kegs, only single bottles and cans which will bring up costs and take away from the income these events revenue.
It was agreed that even if the Governor “opens it up” the McCloud Chamber Board does not feel comfortable opening up these events being liable if people contracted COVID-19 at an event. “It is possible that the Chamber’s insurance won’t even cover our events, there are so many unknowns. It is heartbreaking,” said Meyer.
The Apple Harvest Festival in October and the Victorian Christmas in December are at this time unchanged. For more information on McCloud Events go to the web site, mccloudchamber.com.