All the Bases: An Event that Rescheduled, Incorporated Virtual, & Changed Location For Social DistancingBy Julie Cochrane, posted 07/09/20 13:57:31 Category » Event Highlights
We've seen events scramble and we've seen events cancel. Some festivals are determined to support their participants & artists by providing an online platform for sales and entertainment, others believe that the internet can't do their event justice (or do not have the means) and have canceled for this year. Still more events have rescheduled from Spring to late Summer or beyond in the hopes that by then, there will be guidelines and allowances to congregate.
I want to highlight one event who has done the "three-step pandemic shuffle" and is covering all the bases to assure that their event can take place this year... They've rescheduled, they've integrated online components, AND have changed locations to allow for social distancing at the real-world event next month.
The Acworth Art Fest is a true celebration of vibrant art every spring in Acworth, Georgia. They rescheduled for August because of COVID, choosing a new location that will allow for adequate social distancing. Also, they have integrated with eventeny.com to produce a symbiotic online counterpart to their event! Kudos Splash Festival!!
"Acworth Art Fest will also be going VIRTUAL on August 10 through 17. We're also moving to Logan Farm Park, just a block from the historic downtown. The beautiful lawn will be the perfect backdrop for social distancing while shopping the whimsical and talented artisan wares from around the country. Their creative booth displays will charm you with paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art and much more!"
-source: Event Website
The following very thorough and helpful list of safety enhancements for event reopening can be found on the Acworth Art Fest Website.
COVID-19 Safety Enhancements for Event Reopening
Due to the pandemic, Splash Festivals, Inc. is following the CDC Festival guidelines as well as The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide published by the ESA (Event Safety Alliance) for all of the festivals we produce. Our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable shopping experience while helping artists, one of the most economically affected groups by COVID-19. Your cooperation and support will help to ensure outdoor events can be held safely as we move forward. Therefore, we’ve implemented the following practices:
- Hand sanitizers are being added to Festival sites
- All exhibitors, staff, volunteers and food service workers are required to wear face masks and/or face shields. All attendees will be required to wear masks and/or face shields, as social distancing of six feet may not always be possible
- Where available, dining tables will have increased spacing and cleaning
- Where available, hospitality areas will have increased spacing and cleaning and be limited to food products which are either bottled or prepackaged in a Department of Agriculture certified facility
- Portable toilets and restrooms will have increased cleaning
- Volunteers, exhibitors and vendors will be checked in contactless
- Festivals with tight footprints are being moved to parks which will allow increased spacing of tents and proper social distancing
- Where children’s areas exist, increased spacing will be implemented. Children’s vendors will be required to practice required sanitary and spacing measures
- Artist Market vendors will be on-line for pre-Festival browsing
- Where available, performance stage microphones will be covered with disposable windshields during performances. Microphones will be disinfected between acts
- Signs will be posted to remind attendees of the need to wear masks, proper social distancing and hand sanitizing or hand washing
- Pets will not be allowed within the Festival areas
- A sanitation monitor has been added to Festival Committee
- We will be updating this list as rules change for Public Gatherings
Where and When
Acworth Art Fest
Logan Farm Park
4405 Cherokee St
Acworth, GA 30101
August 15 & 16, 2020
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM