Vermont Summer Festival cancels 2020 horse show

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EAST DORSET — The Vermont Summer Festival horse show will not take place this summer.

The horse show, which had been held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset for nearly three decades, canceled its June 30 to Aug. 9 show with a press release Friday listing “current conditions and state restrictions,” as the reason for the cancelation.

The press release confirmed the rumors that had begun circulating Wednesday.

At the first of May, Brett Waters, who works closely with the VSF’s owners, said they were holding out hope that festival would be able to be held, but admitted it was going to require that the state continue to relax restrictions.

The Vermont Summer Festival’s announcement came Friday, the same day Gov. Phil Scott announced a cancellation of all fairs and festivals in the state for the rest of the summer.

Longtime owner and manager of the Vermont Summer Festival, John Ammerman, said despite their best efforts, the current restrictions didn’t allow the event to happen.

“With the uncertainty surrounding the current situation, and despite our diligent efforts to move forward, there are simply no viable options under the required regulations that would allow the event to take place in Vermont this year,” Ammerman said. “This marks the first time that we have not run in Vermont in the event’s almost 30-year history.”

This story will be updated in print and online.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.

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