CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) – GlassFest 2020 will be going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gaffer District made the announcement online regarding the May event, which will still start on the 22nd through the 24th.
“Despite the change of circumstances in this turbulent climate, we are determined to continue the tradition of GlassFest by trying something new this year. The last thing we imagined was having a virtual GlassFest, however, we couldn’t imagine not having any GlassFest at all. So going virtual was the only option in our COVID-19-induced circumstances,” said Coleen Fabrizi, executive director at Corning’s Gaffer District.
Fabrizi added, “The outpouring of excitement and support from our sponsors has been wonderful. They are very excited to see GlassFest continue!”
“While we’re disappointed that this year’s traditional GlassFest activities won’t fill the streets of Corning with residents and visitors, we applaud the Gaffer District for creating a ‘virtual experience’ that will allow us to showcase the artisans, museums, restaurants and retail shops that make our region such a great place to live and a unique place to visit,” said Scott T. Heffner, vice president and director of marketing for Chemung Canal Trust Company, the presenting sponsor of GlassFest since it’s inception in 2010.
“The plans in place for this year’s virtual GlassFest, really help make the best of a difficult situation,” Heffner continued. “We look forward to helping kick off the summer season by celebrating all that makes the Southern Tier so special. Be sure to join us for a virtual visit you won’t soon forget.”
This is a developing story and 18 News will have additional information as it becomes available.