CHADRON – The Chadron Chamber of Commerce Board and the Bands on Bordeaux Committee have reluctantly cancelled this year’s outdoor concert series, which had been scheduled to start a week from Thursday.
Chamber Director Gabby Michna says the board and committee made the difficult decision because of the impact on the event’s finances from the governor’s current limits on gatherings intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Michna says the bands committee had drawn up multiple contingency plans in the spring that members hoped would allow the concerts to go on, but that consultation with the state, the city, and Panhandle Public Health District showed no way to get past the ban on beer gardens.
The contingency plans included moving Bands on Bordeaux just off Bordeaux to Railroad Park at 1st and Main and to use primarily local musicians to reduce the cost and not have to ask coronavirus-impacted local businesses to foot the cost of sponsoring the concerts.
Michna says planning is already starting for next year’s Bands on Bordeaux, which she thinks will be bigger and better than ever.
BANDS ON BORDEAUX RELEASE
With great consideration The Chadron Chamber of Commerce Board and Bands on Bordeaux Committee has come to the unfortunate decision to cancel Bands on Bordeaux for the 2020 summer season.
Working hand in hand with Panhandle Public Health, the state of Nebraska and City of Chadron to move along the event planning process with hopes of having Bands on Bordeaux this summer, we found ourselves at a standstill facing an obstacle that did not allow us to move forward.
With our current Directive Health Measure issued by the state, the use of a “beer garden” is not currently allowed therefore, we will not be able to successfully afford and host our annual event this year due to COVID19 rules, recommendations, and regulations as we choose to respectfully follow the guidelines of our local government for the safety and respect of our local community members and visiting guests.
-Chadron Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
“We are greatly disappointed not having the opportunity to host Bands on Bordeaux this year. With the current conditions it is in our best interest as the Chadron Chamber of Commerce to respectfully not ask local businesses to help support this event through funding during such a hard and unfortunate time and continue encouraging our community to think local first and shop small when they can to help promote a vibrant and healthy economy.”
-Gabby Michna, Executive Director