Harlan Days 2020 is canceled

The carousel and the rest of the midway rides will not stop at Harlan Community Park this year. Community leaders decided Wednesday that Harlan Days 2020 had to be canceled.

Harlan Days 2020 has been canceled.

The east Allen County community's premier celebration and fundraiser had been scheduled for Aug. 6, 7 and 8.

The decision to cancel was made Wednesday, July 15, and word was disclosed Thursday. Festival organizers had maintained since May that they wanted to put on the best festival possible within restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. By mid-July, crowd restrictions remained in place statewide.

Joe Crozier, chairman, said the board of 14 volunteers made the decision reluctantly.

He cited the governor's restrictions on gatherings of more than 250 people and said the festival would have to write a plan to limit crowds, submit the plan to the Allen County Department of Health, and then enforce that plan.

"We could create a plan but being the only festival left we had no way to enforce that," he said.

Harlan Days was the last major Allen County festival to cancel this year. The nearby Grabill Country Fair made that same concession Tuesday.

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