Cigarfest 2020, the largest cigar event in the world, has been postponed due to coronavirus COVID-19.
Cigars International, which hosts the event, announced that it would change the dates for the event from May 1-2 to Oct. 16-17, 2020.
Tickets for the event were already sold out. Cigars International says the tickets can either be used for the October dates or refunded at any time.
Per Cigars International:
Faced with the current health concerns impacting our country and the recently announced travel restrictions due to COVID-19 it is with regret and an abundance of caution that we announce that Cigars International has decided to reschedule CIGARfest 2020.
The decision follows Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration strongly encouraging the suspension of large gatherings, events, and conferences of 250 individuals or more.
We are all aware of the current health concerns impacting our country and the world – and while this decision comes at a time of uncertainty, we do not want to risk the health and safety of CI Nation, our cigar community partners, and our staff.
Cigarfest is the largest cigar event in the world, selling 6,500 tickets for the two-day event. The company says that it plans to keep the event exactly the same as what was scheduled in May.
The Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pa., which hosts the event, remains open though it announced that it has temporarily closed its water park. The resort has not publicly stated how it will handle attendees changing the dates needed for hotel rooms.
Cigar Aficionado has also announced that it will be postponing its Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest event, scheduled for April 3-4 in Hollywood, Fla. The company has not provided additional details.
Update (March 19, 2020) — It was announced today that the Big Smoke Meets WhiskeyFest event has been postponed until Oct. 31.