NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Hurricane Matthew may be impacting your weekend plans.
Event organizers have decided to postpone Mumfest to a week in November due to the threat of Matthew.
The decision to postpone the annual event was announced Wednesday afternoon. Mayor Dana Outlaw said, while Mumfest is a big economic boost for the city, having thousands of tourists in the city during potentially dangerous weather isn’t worth it.
“Safety is a main concern of ours,” said Mayor Dana Outlaw, New Bern. “Our police and fire departments are here to serve the public. Our Public Works, they’re always going out of the way to prepare for a large crowd.”
About 90 percent of the vendors and musical performances are able to attend the event at its postponed date.
About 80,000 people attend Mumfest each year, bringing in about 300 vendors for the event.