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COVID-19: Gilroy Garlic Festival postponed until 2021 in response to pandemic

By March 23, 2020 No Comments
The Gilroy Garlic Festival said in a statement: "Given the unprecedented national emergency we face and its unknown trajectory, we must put the health and well-being of our community first. Sadly, this means we are unable to host the festival this year." (Photo courtesy of the Gilroy Garlic Festival)

There will be no Gilroy Garlic Festival in 2020, event officials announced Friday.

The festival, already recovering from last year’s tragedy involving a teenager who shot and killed three people, has been postponed until 2021 due to the novel coronavirus emergency.

“Given the unprecedented national emergency we face and its unknown trajectory, we must put the health and well-being of our community first,” the festival announced. “Sadly, this means we are unable to host the festival this year.

The festival was founded in 1978 and this year’s event had been scheduled for July 24 to 26. It is now set to return July 23 to 25, 2021.

“For over four decades, the community has been at the heart of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Our volunteers, vendors, sponsors and guests have generously supported our more than 150 local charities,” the festival said in a news release.

“While we are anguished over our decision, we look forward to making the 2021 festival the best ever,” the festival said.