Fur Trade Days Scrapping Biggest Events Over Coronavirus Concerns

CHADRON – Chadron’s 44th annual Fur Trade Days Celebration July 8-12 will look much different than in the past, another result of the coronavirus pandemic

President Miles Bannan says the celebration’s board has decided to scrap the 3 biggest events under its direct control, the carnival, Traders Market, and street dances because they don’t know if they would be allowed under the coronavirus limits that may be in effect at that time.

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Bannan says the Fur Trade Days board also has personal concerns about inadvertently helping spread COVID-19 should they go ahead with big gatherings before health officials say it’s safe to do so.

Bannan says sponsors play a key role in putting on Fur Trade Days, especially the street dances, but many are hurting financially because of the coronavirus limits – another good reason for sharply scaling back this year.

The Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs put on some of the major Fur Trade Days events and are helping the board brainstorm ideas for non-traditional events that will let local residents have fun at this year’s celebration. Bannan says details on alternative events will be released as decisions are made.

The dates have already been set for next year’s Fur Trade Days – July 9th-12th, 2021.

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