June 25, 2020 – The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival met on Wednesday June 24, 2020 to determine the feasibility of holding the festival this year. With the current status of the Coronavirus pandemic in Pennsylvania, the board has decided not to hold the festival for this year. The following statement has been issued by the board of directors:
“It is with great sadness and reluctance that we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival. Many factors came into play when finalizing this decision, most of them were out of our hands, and none of us wanted this to be the case. However, when looking at the current situation and potential future guidelines, we have determined it is not feasible to hold the event in true Bowhunters Festival fashion. Consequently, we have decided to accept that the decision to proceed with the Festival has ultimately been taken out of our hands due to the potential restrictions that would be placed on the festival. We have hit the point in our planning and preparation timeline where we need to be making critical purchases and decisions, and without any certainty of what those future restrictions look like, we can not responsibly make those purchases or decisions. We also have to consider both our vendors and suppliers so that they can make appropriate plans for their year. As the guidelines continue to change for PA, we cannot guarantee that, even if we planned to open, we would be permitted to open within the guidelines at that time.”
The board sympathizes with those who were looking forward to the festival being held this year, but concedes that the safety of all of the participants, vendors, and volunteers is of utmost importance in this time of uncertainty. The festival committee will instead start working diligently on plans for the year 2021, and looks forward to seeing our participants back and healthy next year.
Any further information will be updated on both our web page, www.pabowhunters.com, and our Facebook page. Questions can be directed to either of these locations.