MILLBORO — The Douthat SPEED (State Park Environmental Education)?group has announced that it will be cancelling it’s Kid’s Fishing Day and Campsite Cook-Off.
Both events were scheduled to be held Saturday, March 20.
“It’s unfortunate, but we have decided that we will have to cancel again this year,” said Ray Keen, SPEED group president.
Keen noted that the decision to cancel was based on the current situation at hand with COVID-19, and Gov. Ralph Northam’s new order restricting gatherings until the end of February.
“We tried to wait as long as we could to make a final decision, and with the uncertainty of what the future might hold and all the planning it takes to hold an event of this magnitude, we have tried to make the safest and most logical decision to cancel,” said Keen.
“I know some people will be upset with this decision, but it is what it is and is a situation that is completely out of our control,” Keen continued. “Trust me, we want to get back to ‘normal’ just as much as anyone else, but we can’t risk health and safety to do so.”
Keen also said those competition cookers who were registered for the March event will have the first opportunity to register for the Campsite Cook-Off event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9.
Contestants currently registered for the March cook off have until Friday, Feb. 12 to contact Katie Gibson at (540) 862-8114 and let her know if you would like a refund of registration fees or if you would like to move your registration and fees to the Oct 9. event. If you have not contacted her by that date, your money will be refunded by check to the address on file.
Public registration for the 2021 Campsite Cook-Off opens Monday, March 1, at 8 a.m.
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