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TroyFest forced to cancel for 2020

Organizers of the annual TroyFest arts festival have cancelled the event for 2020.

“With the recent shelter in place order released by the State of Alabama, we are unable to hold our annual art and craft festival this year,” said Morgan Drinkard. “At this time we do not have plans to reschedule the festival.”

The festival, which is held annual in honor of Jean Lake, is the premier fine art and craft festival for the Central Alabama region. The weekend long show, typically held the last full weekend in April, draws upwards of 10,000 people to downtown Troy to celebrate the arts.

“We consider our TroyFest artists and vendors to be our community,” Drinkard said, adding that organizers understand “the impact this will have on (participants) and it makes us sad.”

Organizers said all paid fees for the 2020 event will be refunded as quickly as can be processed.

“Our festival has always been held the last weekend in April, and this helps to prevent conflicts with other festivals and events,” she said. “We are connecting with other members of the art festival community to see what alternate plans they might be making and to see if that might be something we could facilitate, as well. All invited artists would be able to participate, if we have an alternate plan.