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The annual event, which attracts hundreds to Sherwood's Old Town area, is a go after being cancelled last year.

PMG FILE PHOTO - In order to make sure more restrictions are lifted and that more people can attend, the annual Robin Hood Festival has been moved to Sept. 24 and 25. The festival always includes a parade, such as this one several years ago with Star Wars Imperial StormtroopersWhile the bad news is that Sherwood's long-running Robin Hood Festival won't be held during its traditional July weekend, the good news is it will be held Sept. 24 and 25 instead.

"We understand that with the changing state guidelines and vaccination numbers rising, we might have most restrictions removed by the July festival dates," Ron Groeger Jr., president of the Robin Hood Festival, wrote in a news release May 14. "By moving the festival to September, this allows us to be safer and more confident that all the restrictions will be lifted, and we can accommodate anyone who wants to come to the festival."

Last year, the Robin Hood Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sherwood is one of the first cities in the area to announce that it will hold an annual summer festival with a specific date tied to it. In March, Tigard's annual Festival of Balloons, which was scheduled for June 25-27, was canceled for the second year in a row.

Tualatin is currently planning its summer events such as the annual Crawfish Festival but hasn't set a firm date and officials there say the festival will look different, determined by guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Currently, Concerts on the Commons dates have been set — beginning July 9 — but officials are not sure of the number of people who will be allowed or what the distancing requirements will be.

Last year's cancellation of the Robin Hood Festival marked only the third in the festival's history. The festival started in 1954. 

Canceled too in 2020 was the festival's annual archery competition between Sherwood and Nottingham, England. Sherwood has retained the grand prize Tiffany Silver Bowl trophy for the archery contest since 1991.

"We are looking forward to the 2021 Sherwood Robin Hood Festival in September," wrote Groeger. "In the meantime, please stay safe, healthy and maintain your social distancing for the safety of others."

This story updates a previous version by adding information about Tualatin's Concert in the Park schedule.


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