For the primary time because it started 41 years in the past, the Riverfront Days summer time pageant gained’t happen in Decatur, Neb., a double whammy for the small farming city, which counts on the financial increase and cherishes the civic togetherness.
The coronavirus pandemic pressured the city to cancel the occasion on Father’s Day weekend. There might be no road dances or puppet reveals, no youngsters’ fishing event, no out-of-towners filling Pop-n-Doc’s restaurant, no neighborhood play with a solid starting from first-graders to great-grandparents.
“It’s a lifeline for our city in the summertime,” stated the occasion’s organizer, Norma Farrens, choking up. “Everyone is basically unhappy.”
In small cities and cities nationwide, the pandemic has spurred the cancellation of marquee occasions that endured for many years—by way of wars and recessions—however had been deemed unsafe within the present public-health disaster. Whereas some festivities could also be held later this summer time or fall, many occasions are scratched off the 2020 calendar.
Decatur Village Chairman Mark Siecke, referred to as Mayor Mark, stated the celebration alongside the Missouri River attracts a number of thousand folks—together with many of the city’s 460-some residents and plenty of who’ve moved away, comparable to his personal grown kids and their households, who stay in Omaha.