The St. James Chamber of Commerce has canceled two upcoming events as communities and organizations across the country continue to weigh the risks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In its weekly newsletter released Monday, the chamber’s director, Robin Ziegler, announced that a demolition derby scheduled for June 19 has been canceled, along with the 12th annual Sip N’ Savor event slated for July 11.
Ziegler noted that chamber officials are looking into whether both events could be held later in the year. She explained that organizers didn’t feel that either event could be kept in compliance with the state of Missouri’s ongoing 6-foot social distancing requirements.
“We are exploring the possibility of hosting (the demolition derby) later this fall, likely (in the) late September or early October timeframe,” Ziegler wrote.
Likewise, the annual Sip-n-Savor, which showcases wines and beers by dozens of St. James and surrounding-area wineries and craft breweries, was canceled due to potential health concerns from the potential close proximity of participants. The event annually attracts large crowds to St. James, which is located in the heart of Missouri wine country.
“As soon as restrictions are lifted, we will look to host some type of event to showcase our local wines,” Zeigler wrote. “If we can’t get a Sip-n-Savor in this year, we will certainly be planning to bring it back in 2021.”
Still on the calendar is the annual St. James Grape and Fall Festival, scheduled Aug. 26 through 29. The chamber is currently taking applications for the annual Festival Queen Pageant now through June 15. For more information, visit the chamber website at https://stjameschamber.net.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was provided by the St. James Chamber of Commerce.)