Summer Fest ‘22 canceled, postponed to late July

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Downtown Pittsboro was scheduled to be bustling with activity last Sunday, but the return of the seventh annual Summer Fest was called off because of the threat of severe weather.

Though not canceled: after Tropical Storm Colin formed off the North Carolina coast, the Pittsboro Business Association (PBA) announced Summer Fest would instead be held sometime late July.

“Due to the high chance of thunderstorms and significant rainfall tomorrow, the PBA Events Committee has made the decision to cancel (Sunday’s) Summer Fest,” the post stated. “We are working to reschedule later in the month and will keep you posted on those details.”

Pittsboro restaurant owner and PBA official Greg Lewis took to Facebook to announce the decision.

“This is a hard decision to make, but everyone’s safety and comfort is of utmost importance,” Lewis wrote. “We wish you all a safe and happy Fourth of July!”

Lewis told the News + Record the committee is working on finding a date later in July to reschedule the Summer Fest activities.

“No date has been determined yet,” he said. “ [We’re] trying to work with all the vendors.”

The annual event is a Pittsboro tradition, usually scheduled to be around July 4 to coincide with Independence Day. This year’s event would the seventh Summer Fest and would highlight local businesses at vendor booths, a bike parade, a mustache contest, live music and more.

The event was sponsored by the town of Pittsboro, although the town wasn’t the entity in charge of postponing the event, Public Information Officer Colby Sawyer said.

“The town of Pittsboro is saddened that we (the PBA) had to cancel it,” he said. “But we’re very much looking forward to the rescheduled date, and we hope everyone had a good July 4 weekend.”

Sawyer said he hoped the rescheduled event would provide another opportunity to celebrate summer with festivities.

“We’re just looking forward to getting everybody out at the rescheduled date to explore everything Pittsboro has to offer,” he said.

More details about the new date for Summer Fest will come in the following weeks, according releases from the PBA.

Reporter Taylor Heeden can be reached at theeden@chathamnr.com or on Twitter at @HeedenTaylor.

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