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Upcoming Annapolis sailboat shows canceled

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2021-03-17 22:58:17-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Two upcoming Annapolis sailboat shows were canceled on Thursday.

The iconic event was scheduled to celebrate its 51st anniversary from October 1 through 4 and October 8 through 12, during the Columbus Day holiday.

As recently as May, organizers said the show would still go on.

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“It is a blow to the City and will be additional stress on local businesses. But we can’t be the epicenter of a COVID-19 outbreak. It’s that simple,” said City Manager David Jarrell.

City officials say the shows bring nearly half a million dollars in revenue to Annapolis along with tens of thousands of visitors.

Local businesses benefit more than $112 million from the shows, organizers say.

“This was a hard call. No one wanted to have boat shows in Annapolis more than I did,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley.

The show hopes to return in the Fall of 2021.