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Fabulous 4th officially canceled

Event will not be rescheduled as previously discussed

COLUMBUS—This year’s Fabulous Fourth of July celebration in Columbus has been officially cancelled.

Columbus Town Council held a special meeting last week and decided to cancel the festival this year because of financial concerns.

Council last month discussed postponing the event until October to coincide with the Oct. 3 Whittler’s festival.

The Fabulous 4th of July Committee recently sent out a letter to its sponsors and vendors informing of the town’s decision.

“After much discussion regarding cancellation or postponement, town council voted unanimously to cancel the event in order to ensure that all sponsors, vendors and attendees can enjoy the festival at its best instead of a lesser level that we feel would be possible under current conditions,” the committee said in its letter. “We share everyone’s disappointment, as the Fabulous 4th of July is always a highlight for locals and visitors alike. We appreciate your support during these challenging times and we are hopeful that you understand how difficult this decision was.”

The town is refunding all sponsors and vendors who have paid.

Town council last month discussed how holding the event on July 4 would be impossible giving the governor’s orders of only allowing 25 people to gather outside and not knowing if or when more people would be allowed to gather outside by July 4.

This year would have been the town’s 58th annual festival that includes children’s rides, vendors and fireworks.

Coon Dog Day in Saluda and other area events have also been canceled this summer and fall.