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NC Chinese Lantern Festival canceled

Posted October 19, 2020 9:08 a.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2020 9:16 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, held at Koka Booth Amphitheatre each holiday season, has been canceled.

The popular festival, which features dozens of LED-lit lanterns made by artists from overseas, has been held in Cary since 2015.

“We waited as long as we could to make the call," said Koka Booth manager Taylor Traversari. “We had to factor in the time it takes to handcraft and ship the lanterns from China as well as set-up for the event. As much as we hate to do it, considering the current restrictions, we knew there was no way we could welcome the overwhelming crowds that attend each year.”

Organizers said fans can expect the event to return in 2021.

Even though the festival is a no-go, several lanterns will be displayed in downtown Cary throughout the holiday season to keep the magic alive, officials said.

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