McFarland Family Festival

Johnny Norton, middle, ran into his friends from school, Amina Hudson, left, and Sarah Santistevan, and joined them for a carnival ride at the 2019 McFarland Family Festival. The 2020 event has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Organizers of the McFarland Family Festival have announced the cancellation of the September event and parade, due to health concerns from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers said it was impossible to plan such a large public event with any certainty given the level of risk.

Instead, the festival board is exploring the possibility of conducting some virtual activities and holding fundraising events through the year.

The local festival, traditionally held each year on the third weekend of September, was scheduled to celebrate its 35th anniversary this year.

The board was planning creative ways to build upon the popular return of the festival last year to its downtown roots and to incorporate special activities to observe this notable anniversary.

“We are very disappointed to not be able to hold the festival this year, but we look forward to September 2021 when the community can gather once again to celebrate the things that make McFarland unique,” said Brian Quamme, board president.

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