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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Big Red Apple Festival Cancellation

City of Cornelia

Office of Mayor John Borrow

To whom it may concern:

After much deliberation, the Cornelia City Commissioners have decided to cancel the 33rd Big Red Apple Festival. The Commissioners did not arrive at this decision lightly. This will be the first time the festival has ever been canceled. However, the state and country are seeing similar decisions in communities of all sizes.

The rationale behind the decision is that we feel the unknowns and potential risks associated with hosting a gathering of potentially thousands of visitors were too great to continue with the event.

Some of those factors included enforcement of social distancing guidelines, vendors, smaller crowds, less volunteers, and the rising of cases throughout our region, state, and country. The commissioners also considered the health and safety of Cornelia employees, volunteers, business owners, citizens, and visitors.

We are optimistic about the future as we emerge from this pandemic, and we are looking forward to the events we are planning for next year.

We would like to commend the hard work our Community Development Director, Jessie Owensby, and her team for the hard work they have already done.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding and we are excited about what we are planning in 2021.

For more information, please contact Jessie Owensby, Community Development Manager at

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