ANDERSONVILLE — Midsommarfest has been canceled and a virtual fest will take its place.
The 55th annual Andersonville Midsommarfest was to take place this weekend. But because of the coronavirus outbreak and efforts to mitigate its spread, the massive street festival was pushed back to Aug. 21-23, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce announced in April.
Now, the fest will simply not take place in this person this year since the city has said it will not issue special events permits through Labor Day, the chamber said Friday.
The chamber will instead mark this weekend by hosting a virtual event called Andersonville at Home: A Midsommarfest Experience & Fundraiser. The event will feature entertainment that was previously scheduled for the street fest, appearances by local officials and business owners and a raffle that will raise funds for the chamber.
A $10 donation to the chamber buys entry into the raffle, with prizes including a white gold diamond necklace from Bryn Mawr Jewelry ($800 value), a $500 gift card to the Guesthouse Hotel and a three-month membership to Cheetah Gym.
The chamber has patterned with Ravenswood-based Urban Renewal Brewery to create a special beer for the event, an American wheat beer called Never Further. Never Closer. The beer will be canned Wednesday and available in local stores for $10, with proceeds going to the chamber.
For more information about the digital version of midsommarfest, click here.
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