ELKTON, Ore. -- The Elkton Arts and Wine Weekend is still a go this year, with some changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every Thanksgiving weekend, people travel from near and far to participate in art studio and winery tours that are sponsored by the event.
However, organizers had to cancel the tours this year to comply with social distancing guidelines. Instead, they’re encouraging people to buy wine bottles and gifts online or get take-out at one of their local restaurants.
Plus, they said they are hosting a small, in-person art exhibit at the Elkton Community Education Center to showcase local artists' work to make sure they are recognized that weekend.
“The best thing we can do is help people connect with the businesses, how to find and enjoy the art while staying safe at the same time,” said ECEC executive director Marjory Hamann.
Many small businesses told KEZI 9 News that they’re disappointed the event is not happening this year, especially because it tends to be a busy weekend for them. However, they said they’re more concerned with keeping the virus out of their small town and keeping people safe.
“Cases are really skyrocketing and we need to do what we need to do now to lessen it,” said Sue Brandborg, owner of Brandborg Winery.
The event will run the day after Thanksgiving until Sunday.