Hopkinsville I-Fest Canceled Due to COVID-19
After consultation with local health and safety officials, the Hopkinsville Division of Parks and Recreation has cancelled the 11th Annual Hopkinsville International Festival for this year, due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The popular annual local celebration of world culture was scheduled for March 27-28 at the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex.
The unanimous decision was made after discussions with representatives of the Christian County Health Department, Hopkinsville Fire Department, Hopkinsville Police Department, Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Christian County Emergency Management Office.
“Public safety is foremost in mind with this decision and all of our community events,” said Tab Brockman, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. “All officials we consulted with agreed that canceling this year’s I-Fest was in the best interest of the public health of the citizens of Hopkinsville and Christian County public health at this time.
“I-Fest draws brings together nearly 4,000 attendees over two days and includes representatives, performers and vendors from a wonderful variety of different countries. As special as the event is, we agree with our public health and safety professionals that minimizing the risk for spreading the virus at an event of this size is the appropriate action, especially at this time,” Brockman added. “Our goal is to work with all of our great partners for 2021 and bring the International Festival back bigger and better than ever.”
This year’s International Festival will not be rescheduled since a full calendar of other Parks and Recreation events is already in place for the rest of the year.
Refunds for vendors and others involved with the International Festival will be arranged through the Parks and Recreation office by calling 270-887-4290.