Autumn Festival cancelled for third year in a row

THIS year’s Derwent Valley Autumn Festival has been cancelled due to ongoing challenges associated with large-scale events during the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was to have been held on April 3.

Acting Derwent Valley mayor Jessica Cosgrove said the council had been informed of the cancellation. “I understand the committee’s decision to cancel the event,” she said. “I am sure it is one that is very disheartening for the organising committee who have been working so hard to organise the festival, and through circumstances outside their control, have had to make this difficult decision for the third year in a row.”

“I’d like to thank the volunteer committee for their admirable efforts and perseverance in giving back to our community by attempting to revive the grass-roots event that prior to COVID, had grown to be the largest one-day event in the Derwent Valley.

“Whilst the Autumn Festival event will not take place this April, it is encouraging to see several local businesses, tourism operators, sporting groups and community organisations that are planning smaller-scale covid-safe events and activities over the coming months.

“A number of our hospitality businesses are also offering ‘take-away’ specials – perfect for summer picnics, and hosting small events, with some including food trucks and musicians. I encourage residents to support these local initiatives as much as you can and help our local Derwent Valley businesses and organisations to endure the ongoing financial impacts of COVID-19,” Cr Cosgrove said.

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