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Huge Community Festival On South Coast Postponed Due To Pandemic Safety Concerns

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The 2021 California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria is being cancelled due to panic related safety concerns.

Organizers worried large crowds could create safety issues.

For the second year in a row, a major community festival on the South Coast is being cancelled due to the pandemic.

Organizers had hoped to hold an in-person California Avocado Festival in Carpenteria the first weekend in October. The festival is a salute to one of the region’s most popular crops, and traditionally features everything from avocado ice cream to live entertainment.

But, in a Facebook post, festival officials say they were faced with challenges again this year that did not make it feasible, or safe to move forward.

The festival normally attracts tens of thousands of area residents and tourists, and generates around $100,000 annually for non-profit groups in the community. Organizers are planning some popup events, including a booth at the Carpinteria Farmer’s Market.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.