• Chamber Decision on Summerfest and Fireworks

    Residents and Friends of Albion,

    These are trying times. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live our lives, not only in Albion, but around the world. We have all had to make sacrifices and give up many comforts and amenities that have shaped our day-to-day procedures. Now, more than ever, we need to put our health and safety at the forefront of every decision we make in our personal lives. The same is true for businesses and organizations. Decisions are being made every day that we didn't anticipate having to make, many of them are heartbreaking and demoralizing. It is to this end that myself, along with the Greater Albion Chamber Board of Directors, have decided to cancel Summerfest and the Fourth of July Fireworks display for 2020. This was not a decision we came to lightly, but we feel this is the right decision for the well being of our friends and neighbors.

    At this time, what we want is different than what we need. We understand that everyone wants to get out, see their friends, and have a great time. Summer is around the corner, and it's a time to celebrate. Unfortunately, we can't in good faith hold events that may put lives at risk. What we do best at the Chamber is bring people together, which is what makes this decision so hard. We know that the events we organize allow us to be in each other's presence and it's that fellowship that makes Albion truly special. That is also what will cause the most harm right now.

    Other events happening in conjunction with Summerfest have been going on long before Summerfest came around, and the organizers of those events will have their own decisions to make. The Chamber will just be stepping back from organizing any other events happening at the same time. Our fireworks celebration is another event that brings people together to honor our great nation. We love cookouts and being with our friends to watch the display in the sky. However, we want to be able to do those things for many more years to come with all of you. We ask that you all celebrate the Fourth of July this year from the comfort of your own home.

    We hope that you can all understand the position we at the Chamber are taking with these decisions. We understand that they are not popular decisions, and that many of you may be upset with us. Trust me, we're upset that we have to make this decision, but we'd be more upset and heartbroken if one of our events led to even one hospitalization or death. We love each and every one of you, and your health and safety is our number one priority.

    Please stay safe and continue to practice social distancing and the proper personal protective practices recommended by our health care professionals. Thank you again for your understanding, and I look forward to seeing everyone around town when it's safe to do so. 

    Respectfully,

    Eric Worley
    President/CEO
    Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce