The Autumn on Parade Executive Board, based on an abundance of caution, is cancelling the 2020 Autumn on Parade Festival.
"While we are disappointed to share this news, protecting our small community and many faithful visitors and participants is of extreme importance to us," the committee said in a July 10 press release. "With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably, we feel strongly that the most cautious course is to allow more time for the situation to stabilize. We thank everyone for their patience as we have considered all the matters necessary to making this difficult decision.
The Autumn on Parade Festival has been a tradition since 1970 and continues to be organized and run by volunteers.
It is held the first full weekend in October in Oregon, Illinois and draws several thousand people each year.
It includes the Harvest Time Parade, food court, Kids Fun Zone, car and tractor show, a 60/40 raffle, and the Olde English Faire at the Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center.
"Our all-volunteer committee was planning on adding some new events in 2020 to try and make this yearís 50th festival extra special," the release said. "Our committee has taken a lot of pride in putting on a family festival that also benefits local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Obviously we are extremely disappointed, but please understand that these are unprecedented times."
The release said the Autumn on Parade committee is looking forward to planning the 2021 festival, slated for Oct. 2-3, 2021.
"New volunteers are needed. If you have any interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-341-5559. Your help is needed! We thank and appreciate your support and understanding during these times," the release said.