Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival banner

Cornerstone Christian Academy students carry the Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival banner at the start of the parade last year.

COVID-19 appears to have taken a toll on various public activities and events, and the 2020 Appomattox Historic Railroad Festival is no exception.

With a heavy heart, the Railroad Festival board elected to cancel the event, Festival Committee President Paul Harvey said. 

But all hope is not lost — Harvey said his team is looking forward to what’s in store for the festival in 2021.

“There is an expected resurgence (of COVID-19),” Harvey said. “We feel like we need to be considerate of people’s health and safety — the vendors, the attendees, the staff, concessioners — all those people involved.”

Harvey said he believes vendors may share similar concerns, as this year they’ve only received about 14 vendor applications. 

There’s more to this story in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Pick up a copy or subscribe at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to view the full article in the e-edition version.