By Taylor Boyd
The Town of Stuart’s annual Apple Dumpling Festival is still scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 16.
“I know that the cases in the local schools here in Patrick County have been dropping, so maybe that’s a good sign that we can just continue on and have our festival as we have planned on doing,” Mayor Ray Weiland said at a Town Council meeting on September 15.
Town officials will review COVID-19 case numbers to see if there is a significant increase before making any decision to cancel the event, Weiland said. If needed, the decision to cancel will be made about two weeks before the festival date.
Vice-mayor Rebecca Adcock, who also is the executive director of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber and the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) also are still moving forward with the 5k marathon on the morning of the festival.
“I’m looking forward to it, and I hope that we have a good group of vendors coming up,” Weiland said.
In other matters, the council:
*Heard an update on the waste water treatment plant and current public works projects from Town Manager Bryce Simmons.
*Voted to give $1,500 to the Patrick County Young Professionals for Spooktacular, contingent on the event occurring.
*Discussed the blight committee meeting.
*Approved the minutes as written.
*Paid the bills.