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Almost Heaven BBQ Bash canceled

As a result of the current Covid-19 situation, the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the 2020 event and reschedule for June 18-19, 2021.

“Our decision was based on several factors including; a) continuing updates and directives from the CDC, the Governor, and other agencies regarding large gatherings, b) the unknown longevity of this health risk, with some predictions into July-August, c) discussions with our primary sponsors realizing the impact this will have on their companies and employees, d) today’s closure of all WV State Park Lodges, including Stonewall Resort, and d) the health and safety of everyone involved with the BBQ Bash, which is our No. 1 priority,” a press release announcing the cancellation reads.

“Since the BBQ Bash receives no city, county, or state funds, and no event admission, the event is funded solely by various entry fees (which are mostly used for cash prizes) and the generosity of our loyal sponsors. We cannot, in good faith, expect businesses to financially support our event when they may need those funds to survive this ‘unknown’ situation.

“We greatly appreciate ALL who support, attend, and participate in the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash, and we promise an even bigger, better event the weekend of June 18-19, 2021,” the release reads. “In the meantime, check our Facebook page for updates on other possible activities once this health risk passes.

“We realize some will understand and respect our decision, and others won’t, but we simply don’t have the luxury of “waiting” to see how long these restrictions may last. For now, we thank our BBQ teams, sponsors, vendors, crafters, suppliers, attendees, and everyone involved in our event for your understanding, and ask that you please stay safe and healthy, so we can get together again next summer,” the release states.

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