Events in Canal Winchester cancelled due to pandemic

The city of Canal Winchester announced the cancellation of the following May 2020 events: the city’s annual tree giveaway, scheduled for May 2, the Kris Sims Memorial Relay for Life Dinner, scheduled for May 20, and Stradley Park’s Touch-A-Truck’event, scheduled for May 22.

Canal Winchester’s annual tree giveaway and associated programs are part of an initiative to increase the city’s tree canopy coverage and prevent soil erosion. Details regarding the 2021 giveaway will be finalized later this year.

Named in honor of the late Kristen Sims, who worked to bring Relay for Life to Canal Winchester, The Kris Sims Memorial Relay for Life Dinner has been held for many years in May as a charity fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society. The dinner features a three-course spaghetti dinner and Canal Winchester’s mayor and city council members waiting tables to earn tips. The 2021 event is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2021.

The Touch-A-Truck event was set to kick off a series of family-friendly summer events at Stradley Park by offering children and adults an up-close experience with fire and police vehicles as well as plows and other large work trucks. A 2021 date will be determined later this year.

These events and others have been canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Ohio’s Stay-at-Home order set to expire on May 1, city officilas feel it is in the best interest of the public to postpone these events until next year.

Visit canalwinchesterohio.gov to keep informed about the city’s COVID-19 response and to view the calendar of events and all notices.

Art on the Canal, Blues & Ribfest postponed
Destination: Canal Winchester announce, that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Art on the Canal Art Stroll in May and the Blues & Ribfest set for the end of summer would both be postponed until 2021. In public notices on April 7 and April 14, the organization expressed concern for public safety and noted the extraordinary circumstances influencing their decision. While a date for next year’s Art on the Canal is expected to be announced in the coming months, the 2021 Blues & Ribfest is scheduled for July 30 and 31.

To learn more about Destination: Canal Winchester, visit destinationcw.org.

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