The sixth annual Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival, scheduled Sept. 25 and 26, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Monday.

A statement on the festival’s Facebook page posted Monday said, “We have spent the past few months watching, waiting and assessing to determine the best course of action for this year’s festival. While we had hoped for significant progress in the battle against COVID-19, it has become clear that we cannot put on an event that ensures the health and safety of our attendees, artists and volunteers. As a result, we have decided to cancel Carolina in the Fall for this year.”

The statement continued, “We have been in communication with officials from MerleFest as they worked to make plans for their 2021 festival. The long-term view of COVID led them to seek a move to the fall of 2021. We recognize and appreciate the significant cultural and economic benefits that MerleFest brings to Wilkes County and have decided to forgo a festival in September 2021 in favor of supporting MerleFest.”

It concluded, “We truly appreciate your support over the past five years and look forward to bringing the CITF community back together in the future.”

Carolina in the Fall is normally held in downtown Wilkesboro in September through a partnership of Wilkesboro-based Heart of Folk LLC, the Kruger Brothers and the Town of Wilkesboro.

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