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2015 International Festival Canceled

Thursday, October 1

Forecasted heavy rain forces first cancellation in event's 30-year history


Due to the very heavy rainfall forecasted for Saturday, the City of Spartanburg has cancelled the International Festival at Barnet Park. It is the first time the festival has been cancelled in what was to be its 30th year.


The combination of a low-pressure front and the arrival of Hurricane Joaquin off the Carolina coast has forecasters predicting a deluge of as much as 4.5 to 5 inches of rain, high winds and temperatures in the 50s for Saturday. Given those conditions, it will not be safe to hold the popular outdoor festival this Saturday, and the logistics involved with hundreds of vendors, performers and volunteers make it unfeasible to simply reschedule the festival.