JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Downtown Jonesboro BBQ Fest will not be held this year, festival officials say.
Festival Chairman Tim McCall said due to COVID-19 and challenges of a free event, the festival is simply unworkable.
“We have spent time on several conference calls and presentations with other festival leaders in the state, and we believe preparing a safe place for participants and volunteer workers could jeopardize public safety,” McCall said.
Mayor Harold Perrin said he’s disappointed but agrees with the decision.
“We’ve had to accept a lot of losses in 2020, and this just one of them,” Perrin said. “We are a resilient community, and we must continue to be until this scourge is eliminated. I look forward to the next BBQ Fest. It will be the best ever.”
According to a media release, the event has been an annual event in Jonesboro since 2009.