For the first time in the event's history, Bar-B-Q Days has been canceled.
On Monday, May 18, the Bar-B-Q Days Committee announced that the event, originally scheduled for July 17-20, will not occur.
In a release, the committee stated that concerns with the unpredictable circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic were reasons for the cancellation, as planning and product ordering deadlines approach.
"As much as it hurts to cancel, the board feels it is the right thing to do," the release states. "We understand the disappointment that this cancellation may bring to our community and our visitors, but our first and foremost priority is to keep our community members, volunteers and visitors safe and healthy. Bar-B-Q Days has always been a huge fundraiser for the community and for all the organizations that help put the Bar-B-Q Days event together. We hope next year, we all can come back stronger than ever."
The committee stated that a fireworks display will still take place, although with some changes to allow for social distancing. They are expected to announce details at a later date.
The committee continues to search for Belle Plaine Royalty candidates for what will more than likely be a virtual-only coronation. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Renee LeMieux, the royalty coordinator. More details are expected to roll out as plans are finalized.
"We love this Belle Plaine community and we appreciate all of your continued support," the release states.
This year would have marked the 62nd in the event's history.