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Minocqua Carnival still set for August

Andrist: ‘Everything is verbal up until now’

April 17, 2020 by Kayla Houp

In late February, the Minocqua Town Board approved the use of the soccer field portion of the Minocqua 70 West Sports Complex for a carnival running Aug. 28 to Aug. 30.

At the Oneida County Fair Planning Committee meeting April 7, committee president Fred Andrist provided the committee a report on the upcoming Minocqua Carnival.

“All we’ve done there is we’ve talked to the town board, got the go ahead there, we haven’t proceeded with a contract yet,” Andrist said. “... Everything on that end is verbal up until now.”

Andrist said the funding dilemma the committee was seeing with the Oneida County Fair may impact the Minocqua Carnival as well.

Another aspect which may impact the Carnival, Andrist said, is the cancellation of events over concern of the spread of COVID-19.

“We really haven’t put any kind of a timeline out there, we’re kind of taking things week by week,” Minocqua town chair Mark Hartzheim told The Lakeland Times on April 8 of event cancellations in the Minocqua area.

In March, the Let’s Minocqua Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce released a press release stating the cancellation of its events in March and April, as well as its intent to proceed with its summer event series as planned.

“They’re still planning on having a Fourth of July parade, and they’re planning and promoting as if that’s going to take place,” Hartzheim said. “And the town is of that same mind. We believe the planning should continue to happen for the Fourth of July activities. We’ll see where we’re at in June.”

Hartzheim said he felt it was “a little bit early to pull the plug” on some of the events without knowing exactly how the situation would look like in the upcoming weeks.

As of April 8, the Minocqua Carnival is still set to take place in August.

“I’m sure they’re juggling whether the county fair, or this carnival is even going to be able to happen this year,” Hartzheim said. “And it’s probably up in the air at this time, but we sure hope it can. We were really looking forward to having a carnival here.”

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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