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Salem Apple Butter Festival in WVa cancels for 2nd year

SALEM, W.Va. (AP) — The Salem Apple Butter Festival in north-central West Virginia has been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19.

Festival Chairman Gary Martin announced the cancellation of the festival, which had been scheduled for Oct. 7 to 10, The Exponent Telegram reported. The festival wasn’t held in 2020 either.

In a news release, Martin said the festival’s board looked at information from the Harrison County Health Department, as well as the rapid spread of the virus, in making the decision “to put the health and safety of our community, our vendors, contestants, and volunteers first.”

The festival isn’t the only event being canceled this year.

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, Frontier Days, the Barbour County Fair and the Blackberry Festival were canceled previously.