The Hamburg Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone the 50th annual World Famous Armadillo Contest.

Chamber Executive Director Georganna Cossey said the decision was made late last Monday afternoon because of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. The new dates will be planned around the carnival company and the special entertainment.

“We are looking at fall dates — September or October — that will work for entertainment and carnival,” Cossey said.

The festival was originally scheduled for the first weekend in May. Its preliminary events — such as the pageant and annual armadillo-painting contest — will all be moved.

Cossey said she would release the new dates for all of the events as soon as a decision is made.

“Thank you for understanding that we think your health is most important,” she said.

Crossett’s spring and early summer calendar will also look a little different this year. 

Some events have already been rescheduled completely while some haven’t been canceled by officials, who say they are monitoring events closely. 

Ashley County Medical Center’s annual gala usually comes in April, but this year a hospital spokesperson has confirmed that it has been rescheduled for Sept. 15.

Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mandy White said that the Ashley County Alzheimer’s banquet has been postponed as well, but she did not have a new date. White also said that there were meetings planned to discussed the June Buddy Bass tournament and that it could potentially get moved as well.

“It’s still too early in the game for us to move it right now or not, but we are considering it,” she said.

Beta Sigma Phi will still host their annual color run on April 11. Tonya Cooper said that the decision was made to keep it because it is an outdoor event and doesn’t require people to be closed in together like a banquet or an indoor event would. The deadline for preregistration is April 1.

Cooper, who is also a founding member of Ashley County Hope at Home, said that no decision has been made at this time about the annual Hope at Home festival, which is currently set for May 8 at Yarborough Field.

The Crossett Riding Club members said they are working right now with the mentality that the PRCA Rodeo will still happen in May.

Belvin Hamm with the CRC said that it’s still far enough away that they hope everything will get back to normal by then and they are preparing to have it.

“We are going with the mentality that it’s still on, now we’ve talked about everything going on and if things get worse or something we can’t control that, but I really hope that everything gets back to normal before too long,” Hamm said.

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