A popular North Carolina fall festival that draws over 16,000 annual visitors is switching to a virtual event this year due to a local and regional surge in delta variant COVID-19 cases, organizers said.
The NC Fall Liver Mush Festival: Mush, Music and Mutts has been a mainstay in uptown Shelby for at least 30 years.
Last year, COVID-19 canceled the festival that celebrates all things liver mush.
As organizers prepared for a “normal” festival this year on Oct. 16, the rise in delta variant cases caused them to reconsider their plans, festival Director Emily Epley said in a statement Thursday.
While the 2021 Little Miss Liver Mush Pageant has been canceled, other popular festival events will continue virtually, including the Liver Mush Cooking Video Contest, Epley said. A Virtual Marketplace showcasing arts and crafts vendors and a Virtual Pet Costume Contest also are planned, she said.
Liver mush, a western North Carolina specialty, is described by Southern Living as a “puree of pig’s liver and spices bound with enough cooked cornmeal mush to make it moldable and sliceable.”