Alma Highland Festival canceled for 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

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ALMA, MI – An annual tradition in Alma is facing its second cancellation in a row.

The Alma Highland Festival Executive Board released a statement on Tuesday, Jan. 12, announcing that the board has chosen to cancel the 2021 Alma Highland Festival and Games. The Highland Festival was set to be held in late May.

“Know that we are disappointed too,” said a statement from the board. “It seems that everything we enjoy is just out of reach and continue to be. Yet the fact remains that if we want Alma Highland Festival to have any longevity post COVID-19, we need to be fiscally responsible and postpone until we can gather and ensure a quality event that is one worth supporting and continuing for ages to come.”

This is the second time that the event has been axed due to the ongoing pandemic. The 2020 event was canceled as well as the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold across the state.

According to organizers, it takes upwards of $250,000 to make the festival a quality and inviting event. The board had already spent dollars that they were not able to replace after the March 2020 cancellation, per the statement, and they decided to cancel the 2021 event because the organization could not afford to keep losing money with no festival taking place.

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