As reported by the Lake George Examiner, some American agritourism destinations are deciding it’s too soon to open. The popular Thurman Fall Farm Tour has been cancelled by the supervising members of the Thurman Station Association.
Many public entities such as cities, counties, churches are unwilling to adapt to the required changes and do not want to take the perceived risk of inviting guests to their farms or venues. The popular Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival near San Francisco was one of the first to announce their cancelation.
“We’ve been holding out hope the situation would improve but it has become clear there is not a realistic path forward for this year’s festival, ” committee chairman Cameron Palmer said in a statement. “We deeply regret the absence of the festival; however the safety and well-being of our attendees, participants, volunteers and all involved are paramount.”
One of the Bay Area’s largest fall events, the annual Pumpkin Festival draws massive crowds to the coastal community each October.
Another California fall event to announce their cancelation is G&M Farms in Livermore. This East Bay’s go-to, Halloween destination with its corn maze and pumpkin patch, will be shuttered for the 2020 season, the first time in a quarter-century, due to the coronavirus. “Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, G&M Farms has made the difficult decision not to open this year,” the business announced Tuesday. “Our family has been providing Livermore and the surrounding Bay Area with pumpkins and fall entertainment for the last 25 years.