Organizers postpone Extravaganja until April 

  • The crowd browses a ring of vendor and exhibitor booths along the perimeter of the 2017 Extravaganja, held at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton STAFF FILE PHOTO/KEVING GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 8/30/2020 5:32:28 PM

GREENFIELD — In light of the ongoing pandemic, the organizers of Extravaganja have announced they are postponing this year’s event to next year.

The event, which was set to take place in Greenfield for the first time, has been rescheduled to April 17, 2021, said Gideon Manning, president of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Cannabis Reform Coalition, the group that organizes Extravaganja. The postponement, organizers wrote in an announcement to the community, is to “allow for more time for organizing, planning and preparing for Extravaganja 2021.”

“We just felt it wasn’t OK to risk everyone’s well-being,” said Manning, 19.

The Cannabis Reform Coalition had previously rescheduled the event from its original date of April 19 to Oct. 17, out of caution amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We weren’t sure how it was going to develop,” Manning said of the group’s original decision to postpone.

This month, however, the event was postponed again, this time to next year.

In addition to the risk posed by the virus, the closure of UMass factored into the group’s decision to change the event date, Manning said.

“We went on spring break and never came back,” he said. “We’re a group of six officers — a very small student group — and we had to go back to our respective homes. I live in Germany, so that also made it more difficult with time difference problems.”

That, in addition to having to meet online, made it difficult to continue the organization of Extravaganja, a festival that brings in vendors from across the state.

“Normally, we meet twice a week and have very long, intense discussion, and that’s way more difficult over Zoom,” he said.

Manning said the group still expects to be able to hold Extravaganja next year at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, where this year’s event was to take place for the first time. It was previously held at Northampton’s Three County Fairgrounds.

“We really hope we can have the event and continue to serve the communities in Amherst and Greenfield and all around here,” he said. “We can only hope for the best.”

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263. Twitter: @MaryEByrne




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