GNF Canceled

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MIDDLETON–It is with heavy hearts that the Board of Trustees of the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival announces the cancellation of the 57th Annual Good Neighbor Festival (GNF) on August 28-30. Organizers worked diligently to find a way to preserve this cherished community tradition, but decided that it simply was not responsible to plan an in-person event that could increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The festival trustees plan to hold virtual events during August, both as an opportunity to celebrate the community, and to support the non-profit missions of the organizations that present the festival. The festival plans to select Good Neighbor Award participants, and to recognize and support the community in many other ways that will be announced in coming weeks.

“With 2020 hindsight, the Board of Trustees has sadly concluded that our original vision for this year’s festival is no longer feasible,” said Good Neighbor Festival President Mark Opitz. “Although we will not be joining together at Fireman’s Park this August, we remain committed to finding creative ways to celebrate the good neighbors and service organizations that comprise the Middleton community.”

The GNF is presented by a group of Middleton non-profit organizations, which have raised funds at the event to support the community since 1964. Cancelling the festival will be costly for these organizations and the causes they support. But when people are in close physical contact, the virus spreads. The trustees concluded that any event encouraging people to congregate would be a disservice to the community under the current circumstances.

Please visit goodneighborfestival.com to learn more about the festival’s trustee organizations, and how to help support their non-profit missions.

“We will continue to celebrate our resilience and our support for one another,” noted Opitz. “The Good Neighbor Festival Board of Trustees looks forward to gathering virtually this August, and we intend to have double the fun in 2021!”

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