MARTINSBURG — A decreased royal courtroom and modified actions are on the docket for this yr’s Mountain State Apple Harvest Competition, as occasion management prepares for the second yr of festivity modifications attributable to COVID-19.
In an announcement made through the Mountain State Apple Harvest Competition Fb Tuesday evening, the competition’s board of administrators stated it was devoted to offering the community-loved custom whereas sustaining well being requirements.
“Spring is within the air… a time of renewal and hope,” Susan Snowden, president of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Competition, stated. “Because the board of administrators of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Competition begins planning for 2021 occasions, it does so with nice pleasure and a number of hope, hope that our group is happy a few fall competition and hope that we’re in a position to plan occasions that could be completely different from these of the previous however will accommodate security measures caused by COVID 19.”
Snowden stated it was with these well being precautions in thoughts that the board determined, although restrictions are loosening and vaccinations are rolling out en masse, one of many Apple Harvest Competition’s greatest occasions would wish to as soon as once more look otherwise than as was custom.
“This yr can be a particular yr for us, as we start shifting in the direction of a extra “regular” life within the Panhandle,” Snowden stated. “We anticipate that within the fall, we are going to nonetheless have social distancing. Due to well being issues, we are going to solely choose a queen and two maids to function this yr’s Apple Harvest royalty. So the 2021 Queen Pomona can have duties which can be the identical as these historically held… but completely different.”
Along with a severely downsized royal courtroom, Snowden stated lots of the competition’s actions could be stored outdoor in order to raised accommodate social distancing and different well being precautions.
“As we transfer into spring after which summer time, please preserve hope alight in your hearts that our society will transfer in the direction of a extra regular life-style,” Snowden stated.
“Plan now to hitch us in October 2021 to rejoice our household and mates as we rejoice within the wealthy agricultural heritage that we share. Our competition this yr can be a chance to soundly mingle with household and mates,” Snowden added. “We promise that we’re planning occasions that can honor our competition historical past, whereas being completely different and in step with security issues.”
Snowden closed her statements by encouraging native ladies who need to be an lively a part of this yr’s competition to start making use of for the 2021 Queen Pomona and her maids as quickly as attainable.
Efforts being made to create as “regular” of an Apple Harvest Competition expertise this yr as attainable observe final yr’s severely modified competition lineup, during which a number of of the occasion’s main actions had been canceled or altered to raised match the extra strict pointers in place as COVID-19 first set into the realm.
Final yr’s competition noticed the cancellation of a number of integral occasions, together with the cancellation of the Queen Pomona and royal courtroom alternatives, marking the primary time a brand new queen was not named within the competition’s 41-year historical past.
As a substitute of interviewing and welcoming a brand new courtroom yearly, the 2019 fortieth Queen Pomona MacKayla Dodson continued her reign over the competition into 2021, with plans for her to relinquish her crown at this yr’s competition.
As was defined final yr, the board felt it will not be honest to the potential 2020 competition candidates to not have the total Apple Harvest expertise they deserved, in addition to insensitive to count on candidates to solicit sponsors from native companies who had been already financially struggling via the primary yr of the pandemic all through 2020.
It was introduced at the moment, in an effort to scale back the frustration to the 2020 candidates, that the board had determined to permit those that had submitted purposes final yr to routinely be accepted for the judging course of for the 2021 decreased courtroom with none age limitation.
For extra info on the competition and updates on the schedule as they’re made obtainable, go to msahf.com or go to the Mountain State Apple Harvest Competition Fb web page.