With the continued spread of the coronavirus across Mississippi and the transfer of all Mississippi State University spring semester courses to online, the Starkville Area Arts Council and Cotton District Arts Festival members have officially postponed the event.

At the moment, SAAC President John Bateman said they are unable to confirm potential dates but are working with the city of Starkville and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on options.

“The goal is to continue to plan the festival as much as we can, which means identifying the musicians, food vendors, artisans, volunteer groups and sponsors so that when we have an all-clear we can proceed without starting from scratch,” Bateman said.

This postponement is not something that happened in this last week alone, Bateman noted, but is the result of meetings regarding the festival over the last three weeks.

“There are so many things that go into planning a festival, and we were already looking into this as early as when South by Southwest canceled their festival in Austin, Texas,” Bateman said. “We knew then that it was something we should start talking about. That really woke up a lot of people to the potential severity of what was going on.”

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