BOONVILLE- You can add the 73rd New York State Woodsmen's Field Days to the list of events and large gatherings that will not be happening this summer, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We know that we are unable to secure our operating permit for a mass gathering and our temporary campground permit is not able to be obtained," Executive Coordinator Phyllis White said. "Coupled with the fact that due to current regulations, there is no way that we are able to safely space our thousands of visitors and participants."
The annual weekend, which draws a large crowd of thousands from all over the U.S., Canada and other parts of the world, was scheduled to run August 21-23 this summer. The decision to cancel this year's Woodsmen's weekend came right on the heels of Lewis County cancelling what would have been their 200th annual fair.
"The safety of our volunteer family, the citizens of the village of Boonville, New York, our spectators, exhibitors, contestants and food vendors is our number one concern," White emphasized. "We do not want to see anyone be sick."
With no available vaccine for the this novel coronavirus, officials warn residents not to expect much opportunity for large gatherings of any kind for the time being.
If all goes well between now and next summer, the 74th annual New York State Woodsmen's Field Days is being planned for next August 20, 21 and 22, 2021.
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