Press release from the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce:
The Mitchell County Chamber Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the upcoming 61st annual NC Mineral and Gem Festival scheduled for Thursday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 2.
The decision to host the event this year was not made lightly, and the Board of Directors, which includes health care providers and leaders, worked to provide a safe event for our attendees and community. The prevailing thought that our community and our small businesses need the event to take place to help the local economy and support our small businesses during this trying year was the overarching reason for the Board of Director’s decision to move ahead with planning. The Chamber consulted with the local health department to determine a long list of safety precautions that would be in place. It is believed that the event could happen in a safe way in our community while also supporting our struggling businesses.
However, realizing the level of anxiety that this event was causing in the community, the Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the event. In light of this decision, the Mitchell County Chamber encourages local Mitchell County citizens to make July 30-August 2 We Love Mitchell County Days and get out into the community to spend money with our businesses. The NC Mineral and Gem Festival has an estimated $1 million impact on our county and it will be up to our local citizens to help our businesses during the cancellation of this event.
Mark your calendars for the 2021 NC Mineral and Gem Festival Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 5-8.