LARKSPUR, Colo. (KRDO) -- Organizers at the Colorado Renaissance Festival hoped that the show could still go on with a delay, but the official word came in Wednesday that the festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.
"We have been hopeful that circumstances would improve so that we could operate safely, however due to guidelines and restrictions put in place by the state of Colorado, the County Health department, and for the safety of all involved and the community we feel this is in the best interest of everyone," a statement from the Colorado Renaissance Festival said.
The next date for the festival has been set for June 12, 2021, and it'll run through Aug. 1.
David Palm owns Larkspur Pizzaria & Cafe just down the road from where the festival usually takes place.
"We’ve been here 15 years. We’ve been through a lot of renaissances," Palm said.
Not only will he miss the people he's grown to know over the years, but he'll also miss the money they bring to the small town of 200.
"Our business doubles," Palm said. "Just those two months is about half of what we do in a year, so yeah, it’s pretty huge."
Chris Sullivan was hoping to go with his family this year.
'It’s being able to get out and enjoy the food and the other stuff that happens," Sullivan said. "It’s just a cool experience here in Colorado and to not have that — it’s just one more thing that’s changing in this world.”
Locals in Larkspur told KRDO they know of only two confirmed COVID-19 cases so far. They'd like to keep it that way.
"I just don’t think 30,000 people walking around works this year, so yeah I support that for sure," Palm said.
Since it'll be another year before we get a chance at some jousting and turkey legs, here's our tour of the 2019 Renaissance Festival to hold you over.