Chamber of Commerce leaders here took the safest path they could find Tuesday, choosing to postpone the town’s annual street celebration in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. As of the deadline for this edition, the storm’s forecast had it tracking further east, but at the time chamber leaders made their call, the storm was expected to come ashore somewhere along the southern NC coast.
The Harvest Festival is Wendell’s two-day celebration of the town’s agriculture. Rains last year forced the chamber to move the event indoors at the last minute and this year, the group decided it would be best to wait for a drier weekend.
The Harvest Festival will now be held the weekend of Nov. 4-5.
The decision drew praise from residents on social media, who said they were sure it was a tough decision to pull the plug on the scheduled event, but understood the safety issues in play.
This year marks the 88th year the town has celebrated the local agricultural harvest, though the tenor of the family-friendly event has changed somewhat over the years.