BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - The annual Bradenton Area River Regatta will not be happening in 2021 due to COVID-19. Festival organizers will welcome back crowds in 2022 after talking with city officials.
“It was in the best interest for the public, for the fans of Formula Two racing and this growing tradition in Bradenton and to move to 2022,"said Mike Fetchko, President of ISM USA. "It was a hard decision but one we’ve been studying the last several months and we knew that this week that decision had to be made.”
The event, which usually occurs in February, features boats, fireworks and free events for the family. It’s the second popular Suncoast event to cancel on Tuesday. The 2021 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival also shut down its 2021 event.
Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant says the right decision was made. She tells ABC7 that this event is always a big boost to the local economy.
“It does bring in a lot of people, both sides of the river," said Groover Bryant. “The way it’s been orchestrated in the recent past, it’s really incorporated more events in Palmetto which we’re really grateful for. We were just hoping this year to expand that, make it bigger and better, bring in more for our businesses over here.”
Specific dates will be announced at a later time. ABC7 will update this story as more information is received. You can keep an eye on the event’s website for more.