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The Sandy Mountain Festival's Board of Directors decided in January to cancel the summer event, citing uncertainty about social-distancing requirements or the ability to organize the event on short notice.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The popular Sandy Mountain Festival has been canceled for the second year running, as concerns about the need for social distancing are likely to continue into the summer months.Citing the unlikely possibility that social distancing requirements will be lifted by July, the Sandy Mountain Festival Board of Directors is announcing the cancelation of the 2021 event and all related activities.

"We would need to plan now for the festival and parade to take place this summer, but we have no way of knowing if that work would be pointless," said Festival President Martin Montgomery. "Without a clear picture of the restrictions that will be in place in July, we felt it would be unwise to move forward with the festival. We definitely share the community's disappointment."

In a normal year, the festival committee would already have delivered invitations to artists who show their products inside the tight confines of Meinig Memorial Park. Efforts also would be underway to book bands and other entertainers who perform in the park. In addition, the festival would already be making arrangements with school and nonprofit groups to operate fund-raising food booths in the park.

The festival Board of Directors gathered in an online meeting earlier in January, making the difficult decision to cancel the event.

"We hope to bring the festival back in July 2022, once Oregonians have been vaccinated and the Oregon Health Authority lifts requirements for social distancing," said Shannon Montgomery, festival vice president. "Until then, please stay safe."

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