Septembeerfest Cancelled Again Due to Delta Variant

Heart of the Valley Homebrewers, the organizers of what would have been Corvallis’ 13th annual Septembeerfest, has cancelled the event. This decision, much like the previous year’s cancellation, has been made out of regard for the safety of the Corvallis community.  

The event was originally scheduled to take place at Avery Park on August 28. All staff and volunteers were to be fully vaccinated, and while not required for attendees, vaccination was strongly encouraged. Face masks would have been made available at the entry gate, which attendees were encouraged to wear regardless of vaccination status. However, Partick Gorman, the Festival Director, assessed that the planned measures were insufficient.  

According to a statement released on the Septembeerfest’s Facebook page, the decision was made in light of the COVID-19 Delta variant’s continued spread throughout the region, as well as local ICU beds reaching capacity.  

“We had hoped to be able to provide a safe venue for us to all gather and enjoy the best beers from the Willamette Valley, but the health and well-being of our community is our #1 priority, and we’re confident that canceling the event is the right call,” the statement read.  

Refunds of the already purchased tickets will be processed through Eventbrite as quickly as possible. Currently, the Homebrewers are planning to resurrect the event in 2022 after having to cancel it for two consecutive years. 

By Joanna Rosińska