What would have been Helen’s 50th anniversary celebration of its annual — and popular — Oktoberfest is the latest of 2020 events to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Greater Helen Area Chamber of Commerce has announced it has rescheduled the 50th anniversary celebration for 2021.
“We are hopeful that other celebrations can safely continue. Because of the size of our venue, the concerns expressed by our entertainers who would have to travel here to perform and the expectation of what a Festhalle celebration should be (filled dance floors, beer lines, food lines, dancing parades through the hall, etc.), we see no way to proceed,” the chamber said in a statement.
“Despite our wishes and best efforts, we do not believe we would be able to provide an appropriate 50th-anniversary celebration for our visitors and still maintain safety protocols.”
The chamber reminds visitors businesses and restaurants are still open.
“Helen is doing everything possible to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and wants visitors to know our town will be open for Oktoberfest celebrations, even though the Festhalle – Helen’s Oktoberfest music venue – will not be able to open due to the current State of Georgia live performance venue guidelines,” said Jerry Brown, executive director of the Alpine Helen-White County Convention and Visitors Bureau.