There's a lot of talk about cancel culture, but nothing and no one comes close to being responsible for the cancelation of so many annual events as the coronavirus pandemic.

Just weeks after the announcements cancelling Canal Fest and the Allentown Arts Festival, another popular yearly festival is being shelved until 2022.

WIVB reports the 2021 Galbani Cheese Italian Heritage Festival has been officially canceled.

A statement on the festival’s website says that the decision to cancel was for “the safety and well being of our vendors, patrons, and board members”.

 

After announcing plans to return earlier this month, the Allentown Art Festival confirmed they are canceling plans for the summer festival this season.

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A statement from the president of the Allentown Art Festival Association, Rita Harrington Lippman, was posted to the organization's website.

It reads:

"It is with great sadness, that we must announce the cancellation of the 2021 Allentown Art Festival. This was a heartbreaking decision to make.
Although we have been preparing to hold the show this year, the Covid restrictions on large group gatherings and our concern for the health and safety of our patrons, artists, and vendors prevents the return of our event this year."

The organization said they look forward to coming back in 2022.

At the beginning of March, it looked good for the event, as they were already accepting applications for artists.

A statement on the website for the Allentown Art Festival association said on March 1:

"Though the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic is still active we are in the process of planning for our 2021 64th Art Festival and looking forward to being together with you."

The festival was shelved due to crowd control and COVID-19 concerns.

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