California Strawberry Pageant canceled for second yr in a row due to COVID-19

Will probably be one other not-so-fruitful yr for the annual California Strawberry Pageant, which was canceled once more for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual Oxnard celebration, which had been scheduled for mid-Might, was shuttered because of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, in keeping with an announcement on the competition’s web site.

“We all know that this may come as an unlimited disappointment, not solely to the hundreds of friends we welcome yearly, but in addition to the sponsors, exhibitors, performers, distributors and volunteers who assist make the competition what it’s,” mentioned competition chairman Dean Kato in an announcement.

“The California Strawberry Pageant’s major concern is the well being and security of everybody concerned within the occasion,” the assertion continued. “The uncertainty concerning what the pandemic and state well being pointers will appear like in Might, in addition to the standing of widespread vaccine distribution, are additionally components within the competition board’s resolution.”

The announcement marks the newest change in plans for iconic annual celebrations. As soon as the pandemic took off final yr, large-scale occasions reminiscent of RuPaul’s DragCon and SXSW canceled like dominoes.

The competition’s resolution might be a harbinger for different well-liked occasions. Coachella has been postponed till April, however Rolling Stone speculated a number of months in the past that the annual music competition might be pushed again once more to October. After a yearlong hiatus, Stagecoach additionally hopes to return in April, in keeping with a statement on its website.

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