By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport is proceeding cautiously regarding holding its popular events this year in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We will hold an Arbor Day event and Memorial Day event,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “Both will be similar to the 2020 events with limited attendees and provided virtually on Facebook for the community to watch. Discussions are still occurring regarding the Fourth of July celebration. I anticipate an announcement in the coming weeks regarding the Fourth of July. I am hopeful that Apple Butter Day will be back to normal this year. No events have been cancelled to date.”
When asked what COVID safety restrictions will be in place for the city events, King said standard safety protocols will be followed including mask wearing, social distancing, and smaller gatherings.
Last year, due to the COVID pandemic, the city cancelled its the Fourth of July celebration. Apple Butter Day last fall consisted of only drive-by sales of jars of apple butter.
This year’s Arbor Day event will be held April 30 at 11 a.m. in the Groveport Cemetery.
According to Groveport Community Affairs Director Patty Storts, the event will include the planting of a Crimson Red Maple tree and the reading of an Arbor Day proclamation by Mayor Lance Westcamp.
The public is not invited to the Arbor Day event due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and officials attending the event will practiced safe social distancing to offer protection from the coronavirus.
“It will be a very small gathering consisting of Groveport City Council, Trees and Decoration Committee members and few staff members,” said Storts. “The event will be streamed online to the public on that day.”
The city’s Memorial Day observance last year was much smaller than it had been in the past. Only a handful of people were permitted in the Groveport Cemetery as the public was encouraged not to attend because of the hovering spector of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony in 2020 included speakers, prayers, the recognition of veterans, and the playing of, “Taps.” The traditional Memorial Day parade down Main and College streets also was not held last year.
More information on this year’s Memorial Day ceremony in Groveport will be provided later once details are finalized.