With a heavy heart, we are announcing the cancellation of the 48th Annual Seymour Oktoberfest.
While Indiana’s Back on Track Plan allows for fairs and festivals to be held on or after July 4, there is still uncertainty regarding potential restrictions through the remainder of this year. As with other fairs and festivals in Indiana, we have had to address this uncertainty while keeping the health and safety of the public a top priority. Specifically, some of our major concerns included:
Uncertainty surrounding the Indiana’s Back on Track Plan timeline
Challenges regarding restrictions and best practices for social distancing, PPE use, contact tracing, etc.
Logistical concerns for increased sanitation efforts
Disruption in the food supply chain
We do not take this decision lightly. This decision will impact our community and the local businesses and organizations that participate in the Seymour Oktoberfest. Our beloved festival would not be the same without their support and the public’s patronage, and this fact made our decision even more difficult.
As Indiana and other states continue the process of reopening, we are hopeful that we can all work together to learn, adapt and overcome. Through the remainder of 2020, we will stay in communication with health officials, vendors, partners and industry peers to prepare for a return in 2021.
- Seymour Oktoberfest Board of Directors