Village of West Dundee officials announced via the village’s e-newsletter Wednesday (Aug. 5, 2020) that they have decided “with sadness” to cancel this year’s Heritage Fest, originally scheduled for Sept. 18 to Sept. 20, 2020.
It is the first cancellation of the event since its inception 23 years ago.
“While the likelihood of cancellation has seemed inevitable, this decision was not taken lightly,” officials said.
“After exploring potential adjustments and options for scaling back this popular annual event, and closely following the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, state and beyond, it became clear that cancelling this year’s event was the safest and most responsible way to proceed during this unprecedented and sustained health crisis.”
Each year, Heritage Fest attracts more than 10,000 visitors to enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, fireworks, an expansive arts and crafts fair, a highly regarded car show, recreation and fitness activities, charity community breakfast, food and offerings from local businesses and fun events for families and kids.
“We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for the benefit our partners and our community,” Village President Chris Nelson said. “However, we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today, and in accordance with the guidelines provided by the state of Illinois.”
The village of West Dundee looks forward to the return of Heritage Fest on Sept. 17 to Sept. 19, 2021.
More information regarding next year’s event will be made available at www.wdundeeheritagefest.org in the spring of 2021.
SOURCE: West Dundee Village e-newsletter