The 2020 Covered Bridge & Arts Festival has been cancelled.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably and in accordance with state guidance on large gatherings, the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau (CMVB) is deeply saddened to announce that the 2020 Covered Bridge & Arts Festival, held annually at Knoebels Amusement Resort in early October, will be cancelled this year.
Together with local leaders as well as Knoebels management, the festival committee has concluded that at this time, the risk is too high in having such a large gathering. Each year, the festival draws in close to 400 vendors and about 150,000 visitors from all over the country. With respect to vendor and visitor travel plans for the multi-day event, it was imperative that a decision be made well in advance of the festival’s start.
CMVB Board President Stephanie Severn said, “We struggled mightily in making this decision. Having a front-row-seat to the total upheaval within our industry provided us with a unique perspective that assures us we made the difficult, but correct, decision. Our primary concern was preserving the safety of our attendees, vendors, local communities, and festival staff.”
As the host location to the annual festival, Knoebels Amusement Resort fully supported the festival committee’s decision. “Knoebels has successfully provided a healthy and safe environment for amusement park guests,” said Stacy Ososkie, Knoebels spokesperson. “However, hosting the festival would have provided a unique challenge with gatherings in the designated festival area. We respect the committee’s foresight that the atmosphere festivalgoers and vendors have come to expect could not be upheld this year.”
Each year, the festival’s overall economic impact to the region is $14,240,420. David “Otto” Kurecian, CMVB Executive Director noted, “The travel & tourism industry is so much more than dollars and jobs. The global pandemic has shown us a world without travel, events, and the arts; and it isn’t pretty. As we look toward 2021 and beyond, I believe the travel & tourism industry will be more clearly recognized for breaking down barriers and connecting communities. Our industry makes you happier, healthier and more productive.”
The Covered Bridge & Arts Festival, organized by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and hosted by Knoebels Amusement Resort each year, will plan to return on October 7–10, 2021. It is our sincere hope we’ll be able to celebrate the festival’s 39th anniversary with everyone next year.
Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Knoebels Amusement Resort, the Annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival has something for everyone!
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm