POTTSTOWN — The coronavirus has taken another public victim — a big, fiery fireworks display, and other associated fun.
The organizers of the GoFourth! Festival, who had moved the event from July 4th to Labor Day in the hopes of conditions allowing for fireworks and festivities, have canceled the event for 2020.
However, the annual Pottstown Rotary Club Duck Race, which was to have occurred during the GoFourth! Festival, will go on, although a new date has not yet been determined.
"With the current COVID safety regulations regarding outside events, the event is just not plausible," said Amy Francis, who co-chairs the event with Amy Brangaccio Wolf.
"Most importantly, we appreciate the fact that it is simply not worth taking such a potentially large health risk for the community at large for one afternoon of festivities," she wrote in a text.
"We are looking forward to making 2021 Pottstown GoFourth! bigger and better than ever for the people of Pottstown," she wrote.
The money already raised for the 2020 event will be carried forward for 2021.
The group had raised and pledges for a total of $23,350 toward its reduced budget of $42,800, according to Francis.
When the event was moved to Labor Day, its scope was reduced and thus, so was its budget.
"Next year, God willing, we will likely be back to our original budget, hence our need for ongoing fundraising efforts," Francis said.
In addition to forcing the cancellation of the Pottstown Volleyball Rumble in June, other events planned for Memorial Park have also been canceled because of the coronavirus and the ease with which it is spread in large gatherings.
It is just the latest of special events in town and in the region that have been canceled because of the pandemic.
Also canceled is the Bark for Life event in the park, originally scheduled for Sept. 19, part of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser.
Another popular event has been canceled as well — this year's Fete en Blanc, originally scheduled for Sept. 18 in Smith Family Plaza.
However, one thing that will go boldly where it has gone many times before is the annual Rotary Club Duck Race, which is more easily undertaken with proper social distancing protocols.
"Rotary was planning to conduct the Twenty-Ninth Annual Duck Race in conjunction with GoFourth! events in the park," wrote Rotarian P. Richard Frantz.
"Because many certificates have been sold by our participating non-profit organizations, we are obligated and committed to conduct the race in some form and select prize winners. At this time, we do not know how or when, but it will happen sometime in September," he wrote.
"Certificates can be obtained from the participating agencies and any member of the Rotary Club," according to Frantz.
This article first appeared as a post in The Digital Notebook blog.