Mt. Vernon River Days and Smoke on the Ohio Cancels 2020 Festival

Thirteen years ago our group’s mission was to fill a void in our community providing a safe, fun, family-friendly festival for all ages while highlighting our riverfront and rich history.  Today, our intent remains the same and that is why after several weeks of serious deliberation and consults with community leaders it is with much sadness but great resolve that the planning committee has voted to cancel this year’s Mt. Vernon River Days which includes the Smoke on the Ohio Bar-B-Q Competition.  Many activities and portions of the festival that everyone had come to expect and love had either cancelled or due to necessary restrictions, would have not been possible to include in this year’s event.  This would have completely altered the essence of Mt. Vernon River Days.  We realize that this will affect our faithful vendors and many in our community would have continued to welcome the event; however, due to the impact and concerns of COVID-19 we feel this is the best course of action for everyone concerned. 

We truly do appreciate all our past and present donors, vendors and participants that support River Days year after year.  It is certainly our hope that you will join us next year for our 13th festival where we will continue the mission that we set forth in 2008.  Please mark your calendars for September 10-12, 2021!  In the meantime, all paid donors, vendors & BBQ teams will be contacted to discuss refund options.  If there are any questions, please email

Join us for the 2021 Mt. Vernon River Days!

September 10-12, 2021

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