The Lavender Festival, one of Oak Ridge’s most popular festivals, has been postponed to 2021 as the city, state, and country try to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“After consulting with Oak Ridge city officials, and in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to announce that Lavender Festival 2020 will be postponed until June 19, 2021,” said Barbara Ferrell, a Jackson Square business owner and Lavender Festival Committee member. “We agree with city officials that Lavender Festival’s crowd and limited area make it an unsafe event as the COVID-19 virus continues to circulate in our community.
“We have always prided ourselves on creating a happy, stress-free festival focused on good health. We cannot in good conscience create an event that would endanger anyone in the community.”
Ferrell said approved vendors for 2020 should receive emails with more instructions.
“Thank you again for your support of Jackson Square Lavender Festival,” Ferrell said. “In these difficult times, we hope you stay home, stay healthy, and look forward with us to 2021, when we can produce a safe and joyful Lavender Festival.”