ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Organizers of the familiar Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles regretfully announced the celebration set for later this summer has been canceled due to COVID-19.
Festival organizers made the difficult decision but realized they could not meet CDC guidelines on social distancing with the expected crowds—more than 350,000 people in attendance—for the three-day festival.
“Such a shame. I mean, I understand why though,” said resident Suzannah Brown. “I think a lot of people will be disappointed. But for the next year for it to come around again.”
The festival was scheduled for August 21-23.
“We heard (about the cancellation),” said resident Kelly Rowan. “It’s sad because it is such a time for everybody to come out and be together and support this area. I’m worried that it might hurt some of these stores and some of the vendors that usually come here.”
For the nonprofit vendors that sell food and beverages as fundraising opportunities for their organizations, the loss is felt by many. Organizers are instead asking festival-goers to consider a donation to those nonprofit groups.
They are already preparing for the 2021 festival which is scheduled for August 20 – 22, 2021.