The Pennsylvania Apple and Cheese Festival, a staple of Canton for roughly 30 years, has been cancelled for 2020 and will not reappear under its former iteration in the future. A letter released by Lucy Chamberlain, president of Rekindle the Spirit, stated that the Rekindle Board voted in January to cancel the event.
“The Apple and Cheese Festival had its time, but times have changed and we want to change with them,” Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain added that she does not expect the Apple and Cheese festival to come back, even if enough people show interest.
“If we had enough help it may be something different, something not the same. We want to do things that people enjoy, and maybe more one day festivals would be easier to manage,” Chamberlain said.
In her letter making the announcement, Chamberlain detailed how for the past few years she has tried, in vain, to increase interest in the festival.
“There have been advertisements, posts and personal pleas for more volunteers coordinate the festival, but we have not had enough step forward to continue the festival in 2020,” Chamberlain’s letter reads.
Chamberlain previously said that the issue with volunteers resides in the fact that many of the mainstay volunteers for the program are getting older, slowing down or moving away.
“There have not been enough people step up to replace them,” Chamberlain said during an interview in December.
In her letter, Chamberlain said that Rekindle the Spirit will continue to promote their other activities.
“(We plan to) reach out into the community for more ideas of what you would like to see. We are open to suggestions,” Chamberlain wrote.
As it stands, the Wine and Cheese Festival scheduled for June 27 is still expected to go as planned.
“And we are hoping for more rentals on our grounds. Our property is available to rent (for events),” Chamberlain writes.
Chamberlain concludes her letter asking residents of Bradford County to volunteer their time more.
“I am asking each of you to volunteer at least two hours a month in one of the many wonderful organizations in Bradford County. Bradford County is in need of dedicated people with a passion to make the world a better place everywhere.”
Despite being initially disappointed, Chamberlain said that there is no intention for Rekindle the Spirit to cease existing.
“I would have liked to see some things continue and more people get involved, but I am excited about where we are headed in the future and excited about what can come about it.”