Typically, the Sebring Soda festival takes place in April but with the pandemic just beginning, the 2020 event was rescheduled for October 2020. While their area only experienced a brief shutdown, and was not as impacted as other areas of the state, the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce, who produces the annual festival, opted to cancel the 2020 event out of an abudance of caution and with safety in mind. The Soda Festival returned in April of 2021 and Chamber CEO, Tenille Drury-Smith shares how things changed, what stayed the same and her advice for those planning events right now.
What was unique about your planning for the 2021 Sebring Soda Festival?
"We did not dwell on restrictions or rules. People are adults and they should know how to be considerate of others, socially distance, and follow guidelines. It was great as there were no complaints. In our area, masks are not required so that helped our situation. We also added unique messaging to our website so that when you first logged on you saw the restrictions for the events immediately and knew the guidelines before attending. This helped people understand and events ran smoother when we were able to get back up and running."