BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a second year, the Apple Butter Festival in Morgan County will be canceled.

The Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce expressed their ‘great disappointment’ in making the announcement .

The post said plans to hold the festival were moving forward until early last week but after consulting with regional hospitals and medical professionals, a unanimous decision was made by the board of directors to cancel the festival.

Chamber Director Lori Hansroth said “Last year there were 12 confirmed cases in Morgan County for the month of August, and as of August 29th this year there are 139 confirmed cases.” Most state and national researchers are projecting that the peak of the current surge will hit between mid-September and mid-October, she said. The festival had been scheduled for next month.

Organizers say there is no way to control admissions or provide adequate social distancing at the outdoor venue.