PRINCETON, WV (WVNS)– On Wednesday, September 15, the Chamber of Commerce for the Two Virginias canceled AutumnFest.

The announcement was posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page Wednesday morning.

The Chamber mentioned the reason for canceling the festival deals with the potential spread of COVID this event could produce and increased hospitalizations.

The decision was made by the Chamber after they consulted with the City of Princeton, the Mercer County Health Department and Princeton Community Hospital. The event wasn’t held last year due to the same COVID restrictions.

President of the Chamber, Jeff Dissibio, said it’s disappointing they had to cancel this year’s event.

“We have to view this more conservatively, simply because of the number of vendors and attendees. This includes many others from outside the area, which exacerbate the risk to our local people. And with the extremely limited number of hospital beds available, we had to think of the larger group and not just our households,” Dissibio said.

Dissibio mentioned a possibility of AutumnFest being rescheduled, but it depends on the timing and scheduling with the City of Princeton.

Another festival in southern West Virginia was canceled on Wednesday, Lewisburg’s Taste of our Towns (TOOT). Meanwhile, Bridge Day will still be held on Saturday, October 16th in Fayetteville.