Petrolia Harvest dinner nixed because of COVID-19

Volunteers preparing for the annual Petrolia Scarecrow Festival in 2016.

The popular Harvestfest Dinner in Petrolia has been called off this year because of restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Town officials say the physical distancing rules make the “family style” dinner “unattainable.”

Officials hope people will spend the money they would have used on this years’ event at local restaurants.

While the dinner has been postponed until next year, a number of events have been set up in its place.

By Sept. 15, the Annual Scarecrow Festival will be underway in Victoria Park. On Sept. 19 from 9 am to noon, members of the Petrolia Community Services Advisory Committee will be taking pictures of your immediate family at the park, using a camera you provide.

On Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, there will be draws for one of three turkeys and Petrolia Bucks at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market.

And on October 10, the town is urging people to bring a carved pumpkin to decorate Victoria Park. Lights will be provided and they will be lit for one night only, Oct. 10. The pumpkins won’t be returned.