The St. James Chamber of Commerce announced it is canceling its demolition derby and Sip n’ Savor due to COVID-19 guidelines. Both events had been postponed due to the state stay-at-home order earlier this spring.
The demolition derby was originally scheduled for April 18, but was postponed.
“We are sad to announce that the derby which had been rescheduled for June 19th has now been canceled. We are exploring the possibility of hosting this later in the fall, likely late September or early October,” Chamber Director Robin Ziegler said. “While the state has extended its six-foot distancing requirements for the safety of our citizens we were unable to assure we could successfully enforce this requirement in the limited space available for seating during the derby.”
The Chamber contracted with Twisted Metal Promotions as a new event this year and the Chamber will be looking at alternative dates to reschedule it.
Sip n’ Savor is also being affected by the extension of Phase 1 of the state recovery plan. It was originally set for the first Saturday in May, but postponed until July 11. “Due to potential health concerns with the close proximity of participants at this tasting event and to meet current health guidelines for keeping individuals safe by not reusing the same tasting glass and limited interaction with services, it was decided we should postpone this event,” Ziegler explained.
The annual wine, beer, microbrew, and food festival was shaping up to be one of the biggest yet, but safety is the top priority for the Chamber before holding these events.
“As soon as restrictions are lifted we will look to host some type of event to showcase our local wines. If we can’t get a Sip n’ Savor in this year, we will certainly be planning to bring it back in 2021,” Ziegler said.
The Chamber will continue to monitor the state and local guidelines for safety as the state slowly reopens. Once restrictions are lifted, the Chamber will reevaluate how to bring these events back in some capacity.