BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – The 65th Annual Beaufort Water Festival has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, organizers announced Tuesday.
The Annual Beaufort Water Festival Board of Directors says the decision was made after considering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health care professionals.
Mayor Billy Keyserling told News 3 the decision protects the health and safety of the community and organizers.
“It’s one of the prices we pay for where we are today, but the only way we’re going to get out of this is to maintain social distancing,” said Keyserling. “And a big festival is not the best way to maintain social distancing.”
The postponement includes the festival and all associated sports and water and air events until July 2021.
Organizers say the postponement of the festival was necessary for the “safety and health of us all.”
“This decision was not made easily and is driven by the utmost concern for our community, partners, and dedicated staff of volunteers,” the board said. “We thank you for your understanding and we are confident that if we all work together and support each other, our community will return to normalcy stronger than ever.”
“It’s an important statement about a community, how a community comes together putting the health and safety of everyone together before the economics,” said Keyserling.