Rooster Days announces cancellation of 2020 festival
Rooster Days 2020 has been canceled. Oklahoma’s longest running festival, in its 89th year, was scheduled for Sept. 3-6. In March, festival staff made the decision to move Rooster Days to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic in hopes the Broken Arrow community and surrounding communities would be in a different place.
The event is organized by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. Carefully considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, the Board of Directors made the difficultdecision to cancel the festival for 2020.
“This was not a decision made lightly. It was a hard one. The Broken Arrow Chamber delights in providing an event that brings family, friends and the entire community together for four days of entertainment, food, carnival fun and great vendors in Broken Arrow. However, our primary focus is keeping our community safe to the best of our ability. That includes the festival attendees, Chamber staff, hundreds of volunteers and vendors,” said Jennifer Conway, president and CEO of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.
The festival draws more than 30,000 people over a four-day period during Mother’s Day weekend. The festival contains several smaller events in addition to the entertainment, parade,carnival, food, indoor and outdoor marketplace, which has all been canceled for this year. The festival committee is planning to move forward with the following events:
Miss Rooster Days Pageant, providing a $4,000 college scholarship for the crowned winner.
Rooster Days Cornhole Tournament
Dates and details regarding these events to be announced. The full festival is set to return in 2021 for Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-9.
“It was a great honor to be asked to Chair the Rooster Days Committee again after an 8-year hiatus. Because of COVID-19, this year was already going to be a challenge due to the later than usual start and the unique precautions. So it is with truly great sadness that we make the announcement that Rooster Days will be cancelled for this year given the recent increase in positive tests. However, please know that Rooster Days will be back with all of its history and fun for the family, bigger and better, in 2021. We are already making plans for a great festival and hope to see everyone there,” said Scott Eudey, vice mayor and Rooster Days chair.