BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s Seafood Festival has been put on hiatus this year as the borough has canceled all special events through July 1 in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The 34th annual festival, which would have been held on May 15 through 17, was relocated last year to the borough's downtown district after being held on the banks of Silver Lake for more than three decades — a move that drew a positive response from organizers, vendors and attendees.

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The borough also has scrapped the Belmar Business Partnership’s first Kite Festival on May 3 and its first Cruise Night on June 17. However, remaining on the calendar for later in the year are its second Kite Festival set for October 4 along the beachfront and two other Cruise Nights in downtown Belmar, slated for July 15 and August 20.

While the following events have been canceled by the borough, many organizers have put them on hold, hoping to reschedule them later in the year:

  • Huntington Disease Team Hope 5K on May 3 at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como. Organizers plan to announce a new date, according to its website.
  • Eastern Surfing Association’s Regional Surfing Championship on May 9 and 10 along the 15th to 17th Avenue beachfront. Registration has been put on hold until beach-related closures and travel advisories are lifted, its website reports.
  • Bike the US for MS Atlantic Coast Ride, which was to arrive in Belmar on May 9 and 10. While this nonprofit organization has decided not to reschedule the ride, it is in the process of organizing a virtual challenge. Click here for updates. 

Borough officials plan to re-evaluate whether to hold special events scheduled after July 1, based on changing circumstances caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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