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Watkins Glen Intl. cancels Finger Lakes Wine Festival for second year

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Watkins Glen, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes Wine Festival scheduled to take place this July at Watkins Glen International has been cancelled.

The festival is tentatively set to return July 8-10, 2022.

Organizers cited COVID-19 guidance as reason for the change.

In a statement, Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said, “To postpone the Finger Lakes Wine Festival for a second consecutive year is extremely disappointing not only for us, but for our many guests who look forward to this annual event. Unfortunately, given New York State’s current guidelines, we would not be able to host enough guests to make this event a success. We look forward to the pandemic outlook improving and to returning in 2022 to showcase the best New York wines.”

Ticketholders can find more information here.

A number of events have been cancelled once again this year to the pandemic, with organizers for some citing a lack of clarity from the state regarding outdoor event guidance.

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On Thursday, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza called on the state to release updated guidelines for such events, saying there is evidence of low transmission risk at outdoor events.


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