The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with FOX 8 Cleveland, has announced that the Woollybear Festival for 2020 has been canceled due to health considerations brought on by the COVID-19 virus.
Vermilion Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandra Coe said, “In communicating with FOX 8, we concur that in the best interests of our Woollybear fans and the community, it would be best that we skip a year and let our Wolfert the Woollybear stay in his cocoon and stay safe from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.”
Coe further stated that Mr. Woollybear, retired FOX 8 meteorologist Dick Goddard is resting, and she is looking forward to his return to next year's festivities. Coe stated she will announce the date of Woollybear 2021 at the end of April of next year in conjunction with the Cleveland Browns football schedule.
Woollybear 2020 would have celebrated 48 years. The festival originated in the small hamlet of Birmingham, OH, just south of Vermilion, where it began as a PTA fundraiser. The first Woollybear Festival attendance was 200 strong, and within five years it grew to 10,000. In 1981, due to its popularity and growth, it moved to Vermilion where it has been celebrated since. The festival now boasts an attendance of more than 100,000 people, the State of Ohio's largest one-day festival.