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Oyster roast canceled because of virus threat

The Oyster Roast has been canceled in light of the threat of the coronavirus.

"Due to the increasing threat of the Coronavirus, and the recommendations from the State and Federal governments to limit gatherings, the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation Oyster Roast has been canceled," according to a press release from Foundation spokesman Andy Timmerman.

"Anyone with a purchased ticket may get a full refund or you may use the full purchase price as a charitable donation to the Abbeville Promise," Timmerman said.

To receive a refund, mail your ticket to the FCCF office at PO Box 582 Abbeville, SC 29620 with your name and mailing address written on the back.

"This is very disappointing to us and all in the community that enjoy this event. We will consider rescheduling it for the fall."

The Oyster Roast has been a springtime tradition in Abbeville - a chance for seafood lovers to gather on the grounds of the Burt-Stark Mansion and enjoy seafood and live music.

The gathering joins a long list of events canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus.

Among them are the Benefit Bash designed to help the Abbeville Area Medical Center foundation, and the Sacred Assembly, a prayer event.

The Bash, which typically draws hundreds of people every year, was to be held at the Livery Stable in downtown Abbeville, and the Sacred Assembly was to be held on Abbeville's Court Square. Both were slated for late March.

Governor Henry McMaster has ordered all schools in South Carolina to be closed through the end of March.

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