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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Gilroy Garlic Festival canceled for ‘near future’ after decades-long run

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This week organizers said the Gilroy Garlic Festival has been delayed for decades because of the uncertainty of the pandemic and lack of funding.

Tom Kline, former president of the Garlic Festival Association and vice-elect Cindy Fellows, said the festival has been canceled indefinitely as a result of the “indefinite uncertainty” from the pandemic and “prohibitive insurance requirements by the City of Gilroy”, a statement obtained by Gilroy said. Send as per statement.

“Obviously, we are left disappointed and disappointed,” the statement read. “Our world-renowned festival has helped showcase Gilroy and South County for 42 years, raising several million dollars for local charities.”

Kline also pointed to funding problems, saying that the Garlic Festival Association has not received any revenue since the start of the pandemic in 2020 to July 2021. Smaller schedules are still scheduled for 2022, with details to be announced soon. Festival website.

Since its founding in 1979, the festival—one of the best-known food festivals in the country—has raised more than $12 million for schools and local nonprofits.

The festival, usually held in Christmas Hill Park, has faced difficulty in recent years. In 2021, the festival returned to “reimagined” fashion and staged the event over two weekends in July and August. Organizers had originally hoped to throw an event in 2020 as a symbol of unity after three people were killed in a mass shooting at the 2019 festivities. But the pandemic cracked down on those plans.

The shooting took place on July 28, 2019, as the three-day finale of the 41st annual event was coming to a close. A 19-year-old gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing three and injuring 17, while killing himself after being shot in the head.

The celebration serves as the biggest fundraiser of the year for Gilroy, with volunteers working the event to raise money for their schools, clubs, and other nonprofits.

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