Greek Fes­ti­val and Mini Greek Fes­ti­val can­celed for 2020

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The Greek Fes­ti­val, which was moved from late May to late Au­gust, has been can­celed for 2020 along with the Mini Greek Fes­ti­val, which is typ­i­cally held in the fall.

“We had hoped the post­pone­ment of the Rich­mond Greek Fes­ti­val would al­low us time to come to­gether, but with the un­pre­dictabil­ity of COVID-19, we now feel can­cel­la­tion is the best so­lu­tion,” or­ga­niz­ers said via email and in a post to their so­cial me­dia.

Two other Rich­mond fes­ti­vals that were sched­uled for Oc­to­ber were can­celed this week. On Tues­day, or­ga­niz­ers for the Rich­mond Folk Fes­ti­val and the 2nd Street Fes­ti­val said they could not safely hold the events out of con­cern that large gath­er­ings could spread the coro­n­avirus.

Prepa­ra­tions for the Greek Fes­ti­val, which typ­i­cally draws over 30,000 peo­ple to Sts. Con­stan­tine & He­len Greek Ortho­dox Cathe­dral, hap­pen months in ad­vance. The smaller Mini Greek Fest is a to-go or dine-in ver­sion of the fes­ti­val.

Or­ga­niz­ers de­cided to can­cel the events in the best in­ter­ests of vis­i­tors, staff and vol­un­teers.

The Rich­mond Greek Fes­ti­val, first held by the church in 1976 as a fundraiser for the city’s chil­dren’s hospi­tal, plans to re­turn June 3-6, 2021.

2019, BOB BROWN/TIMES-DIS­PATCH

Or­ga­niz­ers have can­celed the 2020 Rich­mond Greek Fes­ti­val, which wel­comed over 30,000 at­ten­dees in years past.

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