ROSS TWP., Pa. - A sign on the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge gate says it all.
The Cherry Valley Festival was supposed to be a rain or shine event here on Saturday but the government shut down has shut out the festival.
"It's a let down to the community. It's a lot of people put a lot of time," said Friends of Cherry Valley board member Gary Bloss.
The festival was set to be held at the former Alfred Moreton Farm in Ross Township which was recently acquired by the refuge.
The Friends of Cherry Valley have spent months gathering dozens of environmental groups, vendors and even stocked the property's pond with fish.
"Really let down, really disappointed and after countless hours of meetings and phone calls and emails and trying to get everybody on page," said Jim Vogt, a member of Friends of Cherry Valley.
Now the Friends of Cherry Valley are making more calls to cancel the event.
"We're mind boggled. I mean we are really sad to see that happen and it really does affect local people in the area and local businesses," said Elysia Manda Sorrenti with Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vinyards.
Sorrenti says they too are changing their plans.
The Pocono wine tasting and brick oven pizza favorite scheduled more staff to handle the festival crowd this weekend -- a crowd that will not be visiting as planned because of the shutdown.
"This makes it up close and personal so you're experiencing the government shutdown first hand and feeling it first hand," said Bloss.
The Friends of Cherry Valley say they hope despite the shutdown, they will be able to get many of the groups and vendors to participate in another event at the Moreton Farm this spring.
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