COVID-caused cancellations continue

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CherryFest, Over the Edge cancelled for 2020

The fallout to public events in Chatham-Kent over the COVID-19 crisis has now stretched deeper into the summer.

Over the Edge, in June, and Blenheim’s Cherry Fest and Sidewalk Days, in July, are on the shelf for this year.

Blenheim has hosted a public summer event in the downtown core since the mid-1960s, but organizers said concerns over lingering restrictions on public gatherings led to the cancellation of the event.

The three-day event featured cherry spitting competitions, sales from area stores, a downtown midway, food and entertainment.

Meanwhile, no one is jumping off the Holiday Inn Express this year and rappelling down the side of the building. Over the Edge, a fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Foundation of the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, was to take place in mid-June, and is being pushed back to June 19, 2021.

The Historic Downtown Chatham BIA had already cancelled this year’s RetroFest classic car show in Chatham’s downtown, originally schedulled for late May.
Festival of Giving, a huge fundraiser for the Foundation of the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent and area food banks, was pushed back into October. It was originally slated to take place this coming Saturday.

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