Barrie Dragon Boat Festival cancelled over COVID concerns

Organizers urging you to make a donation during #GivingTuesday instead

Another regular summer offering in Barrie has been postponed due to COVID-19. Organizers behind the 2020 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival have cancelled the annual event.

Organized by the Barrie Public Library, the dragon boat festival raises over $100,000 each year for local charities. Instead of holding a festival this year, the Library is encouraging the community to participate in next week’s #GivingTuesday; an annual global movement to support charities and not for profit groups. The Library asks you to consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in lieu of a donation through this year’s festival.

The Barrie Public Libary is asking you to make a donation to the charity of your choice in lieu of a contribution to the Dragon Boat Festival this year

“It is our wish that we can all recognize this as an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and the impact it has on our community,” reads a statement from Chris Vanderkruys, Business and Development Director with the Barrie Public Library, “We know that together, we will come back stronger in future years and paddle in unison.”

Feature image courtesy Barrie Dragon Boat Festival via Facebook.