Add another Bozeman event to the cancellation list because of COVID-19. On Thursday, the Sweet Pea Festival announced they will be cancelling their annual event that was scheduled for August 4-9, 2020.

In a letter sent out to the community, the festival said they are looking at ways to keep the "Sweet Pea Festival magic alive this summer," so look for announcements concerning the announcement of poster and t-shirt winners. Perhaps they will still hold their downtown Chalk Walk. We hope so!

Here's the letter that the festival sent out yesterday and posted on their Facebook page.

To our Sweet Pea Festival Community,

We are saddened to announce the interruption of the 43rd annual Sweet Pea Festival, as we have come to know it. In light of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the implications it has for large gatherings, this disappointing decision was necessary. At the heart of the matter is the health and safety of our Bozeman community, Festival attendees, volunteers, artists, vendors, sponsors and local businesses.

While Sweet Pea Festival cannot happen the way you are used to, we will adapt events we are able to and create new ways to present others. Physical distancing is the only way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 until a vaccine or effective treatment is developed, so all events we do hold will keep this in mind.

We will stay in touch (Facebook, Instagram, website and email) and keep you updated on the ways we will keep the Sweet Pea Festival magic alive this summer, including the announcement of our poster and t-shirt contest winners.

Thank you if you purchased early bird tickets for this year's festival. You will be receiving an email with options for credits, donations or refunds.
Thank you for your continued support of Sweet Pea.

P.S. With every hardship there is an opportunity and this particular adversity gives us extra time to create an incredible Festival for you in 2021. Put it on your calendar - August 6-8, 2021.

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Sincerely,
The Board & Committees of Sweet Pea and
Kris Olenicki, Executive Director