2020 Event Cancelled
HALF MOON BAY CA (May 28, 2020) –– It’s now official and not surprising but is still exceptionally difficult to accept and announce given their importance to the fabric of our community.
In light of ongoing developments and uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, and after consulting and in coordination with city, county and state authorities, the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee Board of Directors is announcing that the 2020 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival scheduled for October 17-18 and the Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade have been cancelled.
“This is absolutely heartbreaking, far beyond words, for our festival committee," said Cameron Palmer, Chairman of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee. "We know fully well the Pumpkin Festival’s critical importance as a fund-raiser for more than 30 participating non-profit groups from the community – that is the essence of the festival. The festival is also a premier showcase event for independent artists, musicians and corporate partners and a major economic boost for the entire coastside so it’s a big blow to those fronts as well.”
“Beyond that, the Pumpkin Festival and 4th of July Parade have been shining lights for decades, bringing people together joyfully and contributing greatly to our sense of place and our sense of community, said Palmer. It's deeply, deeply saddening having to cancel them.”
"We’ve been holding out hope the situation would improve but it has become clear there is not a realistic path forward for this year’s festival due to the uncertainty we face as well as the government-issued guidelines prohibiting large public gatherings for the foreseeable future. We deeply regret the absence of the festival; however the safety and well-being of our attendees, participants, volunteers and all involved are paramount," Palmer stated.
The Beautification Committee is now pivoting to exploring alternative fund-raising ideas to help make up for the loss of income for participating non-profits from the cancellation.
"The cancellation of these much-loved community events is sad and unfortunate for the city, our residents and businesses, and the many visitors who eagerly look forward to these festivities each year,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Adam Eisen. “But I’m confident in our community’s ability to endure these difficult circumstances, and of the return of the Pumpkin Festival and 4th of July events in the future.”
Over the past 50 years, the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee has proudly presented the Art & Pumpkin Festival on the weekend after Columbus Day. The festival has grown into one of California’s biggest and most beloved festivals.
We’re forever grateful for the tremendous public support of the festival over these many years and it brings tears to our eyes to have to share this unfortunate news.
We look forward to celebrating our 50th Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 16-17, 2021 and forge on with resilience and great optimism for the future.
At this time, we are still planning to hold the 2020 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Monday, October 12 in Half Moon Bay and will be working closely with city and county officials on the measures that will need to be put in place in order to hold the weigh-off.
Due to the scale and nature of the weigh-off, and the measures we can put in place, we believe we can conduct it in a safe manner for all.
Media contacts should be made through the Miramar Events festival media relations office/Tim Beeman at 415-999-2428 or Cameron Palmer, President of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee 650-703-6299.