Grafton festivals expected to return this year

Celebrate group plans to hold events as pandemic restrictions ease, seeks help from donors, volunteers
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Celebrate Grafton, the community’s festivals organization, plans to host summer and fall celebrations beginning on June 19 with the 19th annual Giro d’ Grafton, the Tour of America’s Dairyland bicycle racing series.

“We are cautiously optimistic when planning events for the summer of 2021, keeping in mind that we may need to adapt our plans due to Covid-19,” Celebrate Grafton President John Safstrom said.
    Holidaze, Grafton’s Independence Day celebration that includes fireworks in Lime Kiln Park, is set for July 3. Safstrom said the format of the event is yet to be determined.

Celebrate Grafton also plans to have several food truck tours in Veterans Memorial Park in July and August. The exact dates have not been solidified.

Fall Into Grafton will wrap up the 2021  festival season on Oct. 1 and 2.

Last year, most events except Fall Into Grafton were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Safstrom credited Celebrate’s Board and the Fall Into Grafton Committee for coming up with a novel plan to ensure social distancing that involved a Pumpkin Puttin’ mini golf course outside businesses in downtown Grafton.

“This event was extremely well received, and the participating businesses are already planning the decorations for the 2021 event,” he said.

Safstrom said Celebrate Grafton is in need of sponsorships and volunteers to ensure that events can continue.

Donation requests range between $100 and $500. Companies that make donations will have their names publicized in local print media.

Sponsors giving more than $100 for one event will also have their name featured on event posters displayed at local businesses throughout Grafton.

Organizations that wish to donate and  volunteers who want to help can email celebrate@grafton-wi.org.

Letters of intent from sponsors and volunteers can also be mailed to Celebrate Grafton, P.O. Box 184, Grafton, WI 53204.

“We rely on volunteers and support from local businesses to continue the tradition of these events,” Safstrom said.

“Free community events like these are only made possible thanks to the strong financial support of our business community.”

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