Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival canceled for 2020

The 2020 Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival has been canceled due to concerns related to COVID-19.

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 26, has been canceled for this year until 2021.

This annual event has been a favorite for Jefferson County and surrounding areas for many years. Last year’s festival drew approximately 7,000 people for the one-day event.

The Board of Directors for the Scots-Irish Festival deliberated carefully and discussed the options at great length before deciding to cancel the 2020 Festival. This was a difficult decision because of the impact on the local residents as well as the large number of visitors.

It was important to make the determination of the status of the event early because of the significant amount of planning, preparation and coordination needed to carry out a successful program.

“The health and safety of the participants, the performers, the pipe bands, the vendors and the clans are of utmost importance to us. Our volunteers enjoy organizing the music and heritage celebration very much, but we felt that the best approach for the community would be to cancel the event for this year,” Festival Chairman Chris Umberger said.

“We look forward to celebrating our 15th annual Scots-Irish Festival on September 25, 2021. We hope that you’ll join us next year for another great event,” Festival Coordinator Mike Dockery said.

Follow the Festival online at www.scotsirishfestival.com.