Next summer's events will shine
In the glorious time before COVID, this would have been a big weekend in Jefferson County, yet another big weekend in our busy summer season of community events.
Jefferson County packs nearly all of its events into its summer. The glorious days between Memorial Day to Labor Day is loaded with community events that celebrate and promote our towns and cultures.
This year, however, one by one, they're being canceled, like nearly every other event anywhere since late March that draws more than a handful of people.
Last week, on the heels of Pi-Ume-Sha, Warm Springs' huge pow wow, being canceled, the two biggest Madras events of the summer — the Jefferson County Fair and the Airshow of the Cascades — officially announced their cancellations.
So it's the summer of no Little League baseball, no rockhound show, no Pi-Ume-Sha, no Fourth of July park event, no (gulp) fair, no Spike 'N Rail in Metolius, no Crawdad Festival for Culver, and no Airshow of the Cascades.
Organizers, though, really had no choice. Some, like the Crawdad Festival, reached cancelation decisions very early on. Others, like the fair and air show, waited, putting off the inevitable in hopes that, maybe, a miracle or some sort might come forth.
Instead, throughout the nation, more COVID cases are springing up at rapid rates as the nation started reopening over the past few weeks.
The spike in cases — especially in the face of summer season starting, which many erroneously and without scientific basis felt would eradicate the virus — was the final blow to those holding out hopes for summer events.
But give it up for the Chamber for working to get a COVID conscious parade together for the Fourth. Be thankful for the Saturday Market organization, and be happy that at least Madras will be getting an outstanding fireworks show on the Fourth.
But what is not needed now is griping and grumbling to and about the people behind the events that have been shelved for the year. Through the grapevine, I've heard about these folks being harangued by others upset that COVID has prompted the cancellations. That's a rude, ignorant and unfair attitude, to say the least.
Just try and be supportive. It's going to be tough enough to get through summer of 2020. Allow everyone to do just that, and to come back ready to rock their events, refreshed and rejuvenated, with a renewed determination and energy.
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