The 42nd Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th has been cancelled. It will not be rescheduled and vendors will receive refunds.
“It is a disappointing but necessary decision to make to cancel an event that is so popular with citizens of Newport News and of the entire area,” said Assistant City Manager Alan Archer. “The festival site in Newport News Park is primarily dirt and grass and the significant amount of rain projected from the low pressure system will cause the area to be unsafe for festival visitors, vendors and staff.”
Current forecasts call for up to 10” of rain from now through the weekend, even ahead of Hurricane Joaquin should it make landfall sometime Sunday or later. While there is still a significant amount of uncertainty in terms of the forecast for Hurricane Joaquin, the low pressure system that is approaching the area from the southwest is threatening very heavy rainfall amounts.