Crossett’s annual festival marking its history is going to be skipping a year.

The announcement that the Wiggins Cabin Festival has been cancelled came earlier this week. The cancellation, like several others this year, was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Crossett Historical Society and the Delta XI chapter of Beta Sigma Phi regretfully announce the cancellation of the 42nd annual Wiggins Cabin Festival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020,” The Crossett Historical Society and Delta Xi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi said in a joint statement. 

“Arkansas Department of Health restrictions and Center for Disease Control guidelines suggest that we cannot safely host the festival at this time.  Our greatest priority is the health and safety of our community, vendors, volunteers, and guests.”

The organizers said they were not happy to make the decision, which meant both organizations would miss out on a significant fundraising event that helps them complete their missions.

It is with sad hearts that we make this announcement,” the statement read. “The festival is an important fundraiser for each of these groups. The profit made from the festival each year goes to serve families in our community  through several programs and individual donations as well as the maintenance and upkeep of the cabin and cabin grounds.”

Though the festival is cancelled for the year, it’s not over.

“We will be back next year on the standing date of the festival, the second Saturday in October,” the statement read.

Those who are interested in helping Delta Xi or the Crossett Historical Society can contact Crossett Historical Society president Sylvia White at 870-364-8423 or Delta XI president Kelli White at 870-510-0443.

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