The Hamburg Area Chamber of Commerce announced that there will be no Armadillo Festival in Hamburg this year.

Chamber Executive Director Georganna Cossey said the decision was made on Friday to cancel the event planned for the weekend of Sept. 12.

Cossey said the decision was based on the state’s health guidelines and restrictions for COVID-19. “Under the continuing health guidance of the state of Arkansas Department of Health and Center for Disease Control due to COVID-19, the 50th Annual World Famous Armadillo Festival will not take place this September as previously rescheduled,” Cossey said in her statement on Friday. The annual festival, originally scheduled for May was postponed until September, but Cossey said that it now will not happen at all in 2020.

“Ashley County has experienced an increase in positive cases and our main focus and concern is the well-being of our patrons, the artists, everyone involved with the festival, and our community,” she said. 

The committee will now focus on the May 2021 event.

“We fully intend to rock your socks off, this May 2021, on our annually scheduled weekend, and we look forward to bringing you a top-notch musical lineup like never before,” Cossey said.

The planning group was hoping for a celebration like never before as 2020 was supposed to be the 50th Armadillo Festival and Cossey said they had really planned to do it big. Though the 50th year celebration won’t happen in 2020, the planning group fully intends to make the 2021 event as big as promised. “We promised you a big time and we will deliver,” Cossey said.

More information about the May 2021 event will be released at a later date.

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