Knights Ferry’s annual Peddlers Faire is in danger of being cancelled again due to the federal land permit being denied due to COVID-19. In fact, it has been shelved for 2022, unless organizers are successful in appealing the decision.
It all began in 2020 when they first had to cancel the program in the beginning of COVID and this year being the third year in the row without it has people missing the once-annual occasion.
The faire not only brings people from throughout the region to to check out the antiques and collectibles offered up, but the influx of visitors to the historic town of Knights Ferry also helps raise money to support the local businesses such as the museum, grocery store, 50’s Roadhouse, ice cream shop, library, and post office.
The Civil War reenactment, typically hosted in March, was also recently cancelled for this year due to the permit and COVID restrictions.
The annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser, which is traditionally staged on Civil War weekend, will be a go this year but the date and time have not yet been finalized. The dinner helps to raise funds for the Knights Ferry Community Clubhouse and other events and activities in the community.
After a meeting this past week, Peddlers Faire planners agreed to present the permit application for the second time. The event is staged by the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates. They said they are hopeful that, with COVID restrictions loosening and possibly some help from area legislators, they may be able to get the permit approved. The application is still pending; they hope to have a ruling, whether it is acceptance or denial, by early March.