The Lavender Festival will not be held again this year, organizers announced Sunday after consulting with Oak Ridge city officials.
“While many people have been vaccinated and COVID-19 cases are decreasing, Lavender Festival’s crowd and limited area make it an unsafe event to hold early in the summer,” organizers said. “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 our vendors or guests, many of whom attend the festival from other states, or anyone in the Oak Ridge community.”
Organizers said vendors accepted to the 2020 festival should check their email for information for vendors.
Vendor applications for the 2022 festival will be on the Lavender Festival website at JacksonSquareLavenderFestival.org in December.
“Thank you for your interest in Lavender Festival,” organizers said. “We hope you stay healthy and look forward to being with us in 2022, when we can produce a safe and joyful Lavender Festival.”
Last year’s festival was postponed as the city, state, and country tried to limit the spread of COVID-19.
It was one of four big Oak Ridge festivals that had been scheduled for late spring/early summer last year but were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The other three were the Secret City Festival, which was canceled for 2020; the Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival and writing workshops, which were canceled, although there was a virtual storytelling festival in April; and the Nine Lakes Wine Festival, which was postponed to September.