What would have been the 44th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival, has been cancelled this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After reviewing guidelines and restrictions, as per the Arkansas Department of Health
the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, board members and community members as well, determined that cancellation was the best option at this time. Chamber Director Beckie Moore explained further:
We made our decision based on multiple factors. First and foremost the decision to cancel was based on care and concern for our community and for those traveling to Hope to attend the festival. Being aware of vendors and concessions that join us from other states as well as tourists who visit the festival, stay in hotels and eat in a variety of restaurants, canceling the festival was the best for all involved.
The festival t-shirts, which will now show a ‘cancelled’ theme, will still be made available in Hope, for purchase.
For more information, contact the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce.