LINCOLN COUNTY — Many family-friendly, fun events that are popular on the coast have been canceled this year, even as the governor has eased some restrictions and announced that Lincoln County can enter phase one of reopening today (Friday).
Independence Day will come and go in Lincoln County this year without being celebrated in grand style with fireworks displays.
In Yachats, the quirky La De Da Parade, sponsored by the chamber of commerce, is canceled, along with the spectacular fireworks show over the small bay that usually draws huge crowds to the village on the Fourth of July.
Waldport Mayor Pro Tem Susan Woodruff also announced the annual fireworks display over Alsea Bay on July 3 has been canceled. The fate of Waldport’s Beachcombers Days will likely be determined at a meeting on Friday.
Toledo Mayor Rod Cross indicated the Toledo Summer Festival in July, along with its fireworks display, and the 15th annual Wooden Boat Show scheduled for the third week in August have been canceled this year.
The Summer Kite Festival in Lincoln City in June has been canceled, as well as Lincoln City’s Fourth of July celebrations, the city’s website indicates.
The city of Newport confirmed fireworks over Yaquina Bay on July 4 have been canceled, as well.
The Lincoln County Fair Board met on Thursday, but the status of this year’s event was not known as of press time.
“I’ve been holding out to try to conduct some kind of fair, even knowing it would likely be limited in scope, because I think we owe it to the community,” Fair Manager Todd Williver of the OSU Extension Service in Lincoln County told the News-Times. “We have vendors, stock contractors, cowboys and musicians, who are hungry, literally and figuratively,” he said.
“It was my sincere hope to hold some type of event, but the limitations placed by Oregon’s reopening look like they will prohibit that over the Fourth of July,” Williver said. He pointed out that few fair events are conducive to limiting to 25 people. Even if the county gets to the 100-person threshold, as allowed in the governor’s phase two plan, not many fair events could take place, he said.
Williver pointed out the importance of getting the locally raised 4-H animals to market. “Those animals were bred to be sold,” he said, adding that he anticipates some sort of virtual auction.