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Celebrate De Pere canceled for 2021

2019 Celebrate De Pere
Gates open for the 2019 Celebrate De Pere, located at the Brown County Fairgrounds, Friday, May 24, 2019 (WCWF/ Beni Petersen)

DE PERE (WLUK) -- For the second year in a row, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of a traditional kickoff to summer.

Organizers of Celebrate De Pere say the annual festival over the Memorial Day weekend will not take place in 2021.

"As the country and its people proceed down the path of returning to that new normal, that return to normalcy now appears as the light at the end of the tunnel we are all traveling down. Unfortunately, our community, state and nation have still not arrived at that destination and so the journey is not complete nor has our goal of being able to ensure the safety of all our attendees so that the community can re-embrace Celebrate DePere as the official festival kickoff to summer as it has done for almost three decades," organizers wrote in a news release.

In the news release, the board of directors said it was looking forward to 2022 with "a new hope."

Other summertime events in Northeast Wisconsin are proceeding as planned. The Appleton Flag Day Parade is set for June 12, the Iola Old Car Show is scheduled for July 8-10, Lifest is set for July 8-11 and EAA AirVenture is set for July 26-Aug. 1.

Memorial Day commemorations in Appleton are being held virtually, however.