Locals and visitors alike peruse the vendors lined up along Main Street during Applefest 2019. Vendors ranged from political campaigns and initiatives to hand-made commodities.

The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the cancellation of its signature event, Applefest.

The 43rd annual event, which was set for October, was canceled due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19. The announcement was made June 9, and a letter from the board of directors was sent out to the community soon after.

Applefest brings over 20,000 people to the small town of Cedaredge. According to the letter, the state’s public health order limits large gatherings which future orders are uncertain for what will be allowed. The board stated it did not see a way for this event to be done safely based on the guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Delta County Public Health Department.

According to board member Bruce Hovde, the board voted unanimously to cancel as this was a public safety issue. The letter states that the health and safety of Applefest attendees, vendors, staff volunteers and community are the top priority. The letter continues stating, the board understands the importance of this event and the decision to cancel was not made lightly.

Many vendors were set for the event and paid their fees. Hovde said those fees will be refunded. The letter encourages supporting these vendors during this time.

Hovde emphasised that Applefest has not gone away. Updates can be found on the Cedaredge Applefest Facebook page.

“An even better Applefest come 2021,” Hovde said.

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