UPDATED 8/28/21 10:15 P.M.: CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – In an emergency meeting on Saturday, the board of the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival met and voted unanimously to cancel the annual event due to rising COVID-19 numbers.
Board Chairman Tyler Terango called the decision “the hardest decision the board has had to make and the hardest that I’ve been involved in,” saying it was the right thing to do to keep the community safe.
Terango also said they the board met with infection disease specialists from WVU Medicine, and gave the critical information about current conditions in hospitals.
“Lives and people’s health are certainly more important than just what financial impact it could mean to us. We had to put that first,” said Terango.
Two parts of the event slated for the next week will continue but with added precautions: the golf tournament will continue on Thursday at the Bridgeport Country Club since golfers can be contacted individually, and the elimination drawing will continue on Wednesday virtually, but without the dinner.
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Officials with the Italian Heritage Festival have cancelled the event for the second year in a row.
The annual event was set to start on Friday after missing last year due to the COVID pandemic.
In a Facebook message to 12 News this evening, festival officials called it a “very tough, yet intelligent decision,” adding that “the health of our community is the number one priority.”
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