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Taste of Johnny Appleseed falls victim to coronavirus

LISBON — The Johnny Appleseed Festival, like every other seasonal event this year, fell victim to the COVID-19 virus.

Trying to retain some of the JAF, the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce planned to hold a Taste of the Johnny Appleseed featuring apple-related food items sold by the half dozen local social organizations that usually have vendor stands at the event. This was to be held on the Saturday in September when the JAF was scheduled.

The chamber announced earlier in the week on its Facebook page that the Taste of Johnny Appleseed was being canceled as well after two groups declined to participate and because they were having difficulty getting enough volunteers to staff it.

“With all of the new rules and regulations it was just not feasible to hold the event. It’s been a very hard decision to make. We, like, all of you, look forward to when we can all get back to normal.”

Chamber President LaDawn Whitman said only four social organizations were going to participate and two pulled out, and she said coronavirus concerns may have been the reason. “They didn’t say, but the people in these groups are older,” she said.

To comply with state restrictions, Taste of Johnny Appleseed needed be a drive-up event. Whitman said they needed a certain number of volunteers to serve as intermediaries between the customer and vendor, taking the money from the motorist and delivering the order.

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