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The annual Herndon Festival scheduled for Spring of 2021 has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Herndon’s Parks and Recreation Department announced the cancellation in a press release yesterday morning. This would have made 41 years that the festival had been held.

Director of the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department Cindy Roeder said she is hopeful that the town will be able to have the festival again in the future.

“We hope that next year this time, we can again be talking about carnival rides and souvenir shirts, funnel cakes and deep-fried turkey legs, community, and fun,” Roeder said.

Last year, the annual festival brought activities such as a carnival, 5K and 10K races and arts and crafts shows.

The entire press release is below:

Annually the Herndon Festival is produced by the Town of Herndon’s Parks and Recreation Department with assistance from area civic organizations and businesses. This community-wide celebration has earned national recognition as a premier event for families. The 2021 festival is canceled due to ongoing challenges and safety concerns facing our community caused by COVID-19. The health and protection of our Festival attendees, volunteers, staff, sponsors, and other stakeholders remain the Festival’s top priority.

“It has become evident that planning for such a large gathering won’t make sense this spring. We hope that next year this time, we can again be talking about carnival rides and souvenir shirts, funnel cakes and deep-fried turkey legs, community, and fun! For now, we wish you and your friends, neighbors, and family members a happy, healthy holiday season and a new year that sees the revival in communities around the world of all the fairs, festivals, and events that bring joy and long-lasting memories for each of us.” said Cindy Roeder, Director of the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department. Updates on the Herndon Festival will be available at www.herndonfestival.net.

The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and is a four-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.  The Town of Herndon, located in western Fairfax County, is the third-largest town in the Commonwealth and is home to more than 23,000 citizens.  For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 703-787-7300 or visitwww.herndonfestival.net.

Photo via Herndon Festival/Facebook

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