JDC, sponsor of both, donates funds to help community
The 2020 Johnston Peach Blossom Festival, scheduled for May 2, has been cancelled.
Dean Campbell, Chairman of the Johnston Development Corp. (JDC), the non-profit organization that sponsors the Festival, said the Board decided with great sadness to cancel this year’s 37th annual Peach Blossom Festival. The decision was made based on the recommendations from the Town, Governor, and the CDC in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are heartbroken to make this decision, but we believe it is the right one to keep Festival attendees, vendors, and workers all safe,” Campbell said.
The popular Festival will not be held at an alternate date; the JDC plans to hold it next May.
The Miss Peach Blossom Pageants scheduled for April 4 are also cancelled.
In addition, the JDC was also sponsoring three springtime Community Concerts in the Park in Johnston on the first Friday of April, May, and June in front of Johnston Elementary School. Due to the COVID-19 concerns, all three concerts have also been cancelled.
Given the community needs right now, the JDC Board also decided this week to donate $2,000 to help the local community’s most at-risk citizens. The organization is donating $1,000 to the Johnston Food Bank to help with their increased demand. An additional $1,000 is being donated to the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Center for the meal delivery program.
“Our Board wants to do its part in helping our community and at-risk citizens through this unprecedented time,” Campbell said.
The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization, sponsors the Festival. The Corporation works to aid the community in areas such as economic development, education, recreation, historic preservation, tourism, scientific and cultural opportunities, and continued promotion of Johnston.