The Belmont County 56-year-old tradition was crushed as organizers announced the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is canceled.
The four-day event held every September draws more than 100,000 people to Barnesville and organizers said after conversations with the department of health, the commissioners and village leaders, they were able to make the difficult decision.
“I left the meeting last night sad but very proud of how this entire community rallies around this festival and came together and made the decision that for the safety of everybody that we needed to cancel this event,” said festival spokesperson John Rataiczak.
The good news is that the annual King Pumpkin weigh-in will go on. So the hours farmers spend growing those gigantic pumpkins won’t go to waste.
More details on the weigh-in will be announced later.
Next year’s event is set for the last full weekend in September.