MICHAEL ARNONE’S CRAWFISH FESTMichael Arnone’s 31st annual Crawfish Fest, scheduled to be held August 27-29 has been called off due to COVID. The festival organizers made the announcement on their website, stating COVID Delta variant guidelines as the reason they would not go on with the popular festival that brings out crowds in the thousands to Sussex County Fairgrounds for Louisiana-inspired food, music and fun.”Our Crawfish Fest set for August 27-20 is now postponed until June 3-4, 2022,” read a statement on the festival’s website. “We have reached out to all the bands to have them play the same slot and day next year. We will keep you posted as they re-confirm.”

They went on to explain that due to the COVID Delta variant and new guidelines issued by the CDC, to “keep everyone safe, Michael made the decision to just wait.” They said it was not an easy decision to cancelled the highly anticipated three-day festival and that tickets already purchased will be honored in 2022.

As of last week, the CDC recommended that even fully vaccinated individuals consider wearing a mask when in areas of high transmission.

“We appreciate your patience and you saving your tickets until June,” said the message. They thanked fans of the fest for their support and said that most festival goers have agreed with the decision to call off the festival for 2021 with the prospect of so many unvaccinated individuals being in attendance.

“It seems 99.75% Facebook posts agreed with us on this difficult decision and will be back with us in 2022.”

For those still disappointed, there was some good news to focus on — crawfish will be in season next June.