The Seafair committee and staff of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce have made the difficult decision to cancel the 46th annual Rockport-Fulton Seafair (Oct. 9-11) due to COVID-19.
Seafair Chairman Karl Hattman said, “We would have loved to put on another memorable Seafair event this year; however, with the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, this difficult decision was made by our committee. The safety and health of our community, volunteers, vendors, visitors, and staff takes the highest priority. We look forward to seeing everyone next fall.”
Plans for Seafair 2021 are already underway. It is set for Oct. 8 -10.
Seafair attracts more than 10,000 people annually, and includes live entertainment, a huge array of vendors, water activities, car and boat shows, delicious gumbo and the hilarious live crab races.
For 45 years the annual Seafair festival has been a major event for the Rockport-Fulton area, held during an historically slow period.
It has never been canceled, even in 2017, one month after Hurricane Harvey.
“The community was in shambles, and Seafair brought a sense of community back to town,” said Chamber President/CEO Diane Probst. “It gave local businesses a storefront to sell their wares, and allowed non-profit organizations to raise much-needed funds, as well.”
Seafair is the Chamber’s major fundraiser each year.
“It is a disappointment not to be able to hold this amazing event, but we feel it is a necessary adjustment to make in order to comply with governmental mandates and to keep our community safe,” said Probst.