The annual Prairie Days celebration in Prairie City is officially canceled for 2020. After initially postponing the event from its regular date at the end of July, the Celebration Committee announced it would not be rescheduled.
“Thank you for being so understanding as we continue to tread these uncertain times,” a post on Facebook from organizers said. “We will continue to rise above the circumstances and choose to look out for the best interest of the residents of Prairie City.”
A staple for the community, Prairie Days features kids rides, musical entertainment, fun competitions and parade, bringing the community together for three days of fun. With many unknown factors in play due to the ongoing pandemic, organizers thought it was best to wait until next year to celebrate.
“We want to celebrate with all our citizens but want to be able to do it safely,” organizer and councilwoman Christy Lindsay said when the event was originally postponed.
The organizers looked to a possible Labor Day weekend date to hold Prairie Days when postponing it at the end of May, should circumstances allow. While much has changed in the months between, it was not enough to make the committee comfortable to hold the event.
“Right now, we are just going a day at a time and hope that next year we will be back in full swing. Hang in there people, while we are being cautious, we are hopeful for the future,” Lindsay said at the postponement.