Moxie Festival In Lisbon Canceled For Second Straight Year
Plans for the annual Moxie Festival in Maine has fizzled out, again.
The Lisbon Town Council earlier this week voted to once again scrap plans for the town's annual Moxie Festival. According to News Center Maine, a vote of 5-1 Tuesday night struck down plans for the festival due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lisbon Parks and Recreation Director Mark Stevens said: "Right now I just don't think we could look at planning an effective, safe parade right now. Or even Friday night events."
Councilors hope to move forward with smaller community events this summer and fall, like a car show, 5K road race, and fireworks. Determinations on whether these events can take place in-person, virtually, or at all has yet to be made.
It's the second year in a row that the festival has been canceled due to COVID-19. The Moxie Festival joins the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival in Yarmouth on the list of summer traditions to be canceled for 2021.
Fair and festival season is still months away, but planning is underway to see if these events can happen this summer. The Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs released their scheduled dates for the 2021 season, including the Bangor State Fair, which starts at the end of July. Health safety measures include social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, and wearing a mask.