Chamber still optimistic about summer festivities

Director says events are still on the table depending on state of Covid-19 pandemic
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Although Port Washington Fish Day officials canceled their annual July event last week, the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce is still gearing up for summertime festivities.

“We remain cautiously optimistic about moving forward,” Chamber Executive Director Pam King said. “I understand the sheer number of people who attend Fish Day, and I would make the same call at this point.

“Much of the focus of Fish Day is food and beverage with a lot of people in a close proximity, which is a recipe for concern. For us, we hope we have more and more access to the vaccine in our region and as a result we will feel more confident moving forward.”

On Wednesday, King and officials of Celebrate Grafton, which is a branch of the Chamber, were to meet with representatives of the Tours of America’s Dairyland cycling series to discuss safety measures for the annual Giro d’ Grafton bicycle races in downtown Grafton set for June 19.

“They are going to talk about the indicators that they are using. We as a community are going to make some decisions if we should move forward and they as an organization will make decisions. Right now, we all hope that we can do it,” King said. “If we were to go tomorrow, we would say no.”

Last year, all Chamber events other than its farmers market and socially distant Young Professionals networking events were canceled due to Covid-19.  

In order for planned events to continue, King said, the Chamber will study the number of Covid-19 cases in the Grafton area and the access to vaccines.

King said she is confident that Independence Day festivities will take place on July 3 because the event allows for people to be socially distant.

“Social distancing for fireworks is very different than social distancing for bands. With fireworks, you can be in different places and see the same show, but not with a band,” King said. “I think the fireworks is something we will be able to make happen. The rest is more complicated.”

Another Chamber event that is in question is Ladies’ Night Out that is set for Aug. 3. King said the event might be scaled back with no food vendors or bands to prevent large clusters of people.

King said she remains optimistic that fall events such as Fall into Grafton will continue as scheduled.

“We are excited about fall because we feel that we will be in a much better position to resume activities in a more confident way. Right now, it isn’t black and white, it is really gray,” King said. “Right now, we are hopeful that we can do some things, but we want to be realistic.”

 

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