ROXBURY, NJ - For Roxbury Township, the end of summer is marked by thousands gathering on Main Street for Olde Suckasunny Day, an indoor-outdoor festival of fun featuring community organizations, food and vendors.
However, with the threat of COVID-19 remaining present, the festival's hosts at the Roxbury Public Library, the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, and Succasunna United Methodist Church voted unanimously to cancel this year’s celebration, originally earmarked for Sept. 12. It would have been the 33rd installment of the popular event.
“We felt it would be irresponsible to hold an event that draws thousands of people,” explained Roxbury Public Library Director Radwa Ali, concerned about bringing people together where social distancing would be virtually impossible.
Though the majority of events traditionally take place outdoors, the outdoor booths are usually placed close together, indoor activities are held in the library and the churches and participants would need bathrooms, Ali said.
About 3,000 enter the library building during Olde Suckasunny Day, according to door counts. As of today, the number of people permitted at an outdoor gathering, by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, is 500.
“Our focus needs to be on the safety of our residents and reducing the risk of spreading the virus, which has consumed too many,” said Ali.
No alternative date for Olde Succasunny Day is being discussed at this time.
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