EAST TAWAS – Although the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) had initially opted to postpone this year’s Perchville USA winter festival, they have since noted that the 2021 event is cancelled.

In response to COVID-19 restrictions, TACC Office Manager Samantha Duvall said the chamber’s board of directors made the decision on Feb. 4.

In a press release, they state that TACC has been working hard on a plan to be able to continue with their annual Perchville festival for 2021.

“Unfortunately, with current gathering restrictions in place and the uncertainty of the stability of public health in our region, the TACC Board of Directors has made the tough decision to cancel the 2021 event,” the statement goes on.

They acknowledged that Perchville – which would have entered its 71st year this time around – is a long tradition in the Tawases and brings many people to the area.

However, they say the main concern of the board as they continued planning the festival was that, as of Feb. 4, the public health guidance on outdoor gathering read: “Outdoor public gatherings – Capacity limits vary depending on venue type, but never more than 25 people; masks and social distancing are required.”

Without certainty that this restriction would change early enough in the planning process, the TACC Board felt it was in the best interest of public safety to cancel the event.

“We appreciate your understanding, and it is our hope that we can proceed with many of the events we all know and love in future months,” the press release states.

As recently reported, Perchville is typically held the first weekend in February, but TACC representatives intended to postpone this year’s affair until mid-March. They had hoped that, by this time, they would be able to continue with the festivities as usual.

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