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Jericho ATV Festival cancelled

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

Last year, a block party with several Jericho ATV Festival goers crowded the streets. This will be a missed scene as the 11th anniversary of the Festival has been cancelled. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
May 20, 2020
BERLIN — To the disappointment of many ATV enthusiasts, the Jericho ATV Festival has, like many events, been cancelled until 2021. The event was slated to take place July 31-Aug. 1.

In a statement, President of the Ammonoosuc Valley Chamber of Commerce Bronson Frizzell said, "Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, and after consultation with various stakeholders, it is with great regret that we write to inform you that the Jericho ATV Festival Committee has made the decision to cancel the 2020 festival."

The statement went on to explain that the timing and uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak would have proved to challenging in the execution of the weekend. Several manufacturers and vendors have cancelled prior to the event's official cancellation. With a decreased number of vendors, organizers say the festival would not give those in attendance the same high quality experience. According to those in the know, if the event were to go on in the current climate, there's a good chance the festival would be a dud, and prevent a successful followup in 2021.

Next year's festival is slated to take place on July 30 31. Last year, roughly 9,000 people were in attendance and celebrated the Festival's 10th anniversary. ATV enthusiasts have been coming to Berlin where the Festival provides fireworks, live music, an abundance of food and, of course, more than 1,000 miles of trails.

Of the cancellation, Frizzell said, "Overall, most people seem to be understanding. These are some strange and unique times and the uncertainty has really tied our hands on the festival, just as we've seen across the country with fairs and other events. The committee is looking forward to 2021."

On May 23, phase 1 of New Hampshire's reopening will permit some trails to be opened. Jericho State Park will be open to ATV riders. Berlin's city streets will be open with the primary intent being to allow residents direct access to the park. Said streets may be used to access food and fuel only. The Route 110 parking lot will be open and available for truck and trailer parking. The Welcome Center at Jericho State Park will be open for truck and trailer parking as well. Smitty's Trail, Rail Trail and Success Trail are still closed.

CDC guidelines state that ATV riders should only participate with those who you have been quarantined with. There is to be no gathering of groups on the trails.

Officials in the City relay to residents to remain patient and remind everyone that these restrictions are just temporary for the benefit of public safety.

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