Six weeks from that date, the Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty, the rights holder of the festival, were still hopeful if not overly optimistic about keeping that date, as many club members had been laid off, furloughed, or were working from home like most other Ohioans. On April 10, Art Mathews, Festival Chair, released a statement saying the festival would be moved to May 2021.
“Our entire board discussed the issue thoroughly,” Mathews said. “We had several alternate dates for consideration. The overall opinion was that people won’t be ready for a ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ throng at a festival several thousand people deep.
‘I was originally a proponent of postponing the festival until late summer or fall, but I believe the right decision was made. Our leaders said things will be different (even) when we reopen. NFL (and other professional sports) games may not happen this year. I believe many ‘rescheduled’ festivals will be canceled in 2020.”