The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Pandemic shelves Hartley Summer Celebration

With future COVID-19 situation uncertain, Chamber cancels 2020 event


June 18, 2020


Hartley pool lifeguards cool down the crowd during last year's Summer Celebration parade through downtown Hartley.

Neebel Park in Hartley will be a surreal scene July 31-Aug. 2.

There will be no inflatables, no volleyball games, no horseshoe contests and no beer tent, among other things. Put simply, there will be no fun.

Summer Celebration was canceled Monday by the Hartley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic uncertain, board members were left with little choice.

"It was just hard to know what was going to happen in August as far as the restrictions we'd have to follow, events we'd be able to hold and reservations we'd be able to keep," said Rachel Wilson, Chamb...

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