March 18, 2020

In light of the recent progression of COVID-19 and CDC guidance, organizers of Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event.

“We extend our sincere thanks to volunteers, committee members and sponsors who were primed to help with this important community event,” said John Rupnik, president of the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA), which organizes the campaign in collaboration with the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission (TLAC) and the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC).

“However, in light of the recent progression of COVID-19 and CDC recommendations, representatives of all three organizing bodies were in agreement this is the necessary course of action.”

Organized events were scheduled for the first three Saturdays in May at multiple locations around the lake, said TLAC Executive Director Paula Shoffner. 

“Obviously, having to cancel is disappointing, but ultimately, the committee felt this was the best decision for 2020. In the coming weeks, we’ll assess options for other ways we can achieve the goals of Take Pride in SML without placing volunteers at risk,” Shoffner said.

For more information, contact TLAC at 540-721-4400.