Dutch Days festival cancelled this year


FULTON — The Fulton Dutch Days Festival Committee has announced the cancellation of the 46th annual Festival, scheduled for May 1 and 2.

The committee, following consultation with the mayor, city administrator, Whiteside County Health Department, and Dr. Stephen Harrison, the city’s medical director, decided to cancel this year’s Festival.  The decision to cancel complies with the recommendations and directives of the CDC, Illinois’ Governor Pritzker, and the White House Coalition Team.

This decision is made out of concern to keep residents, visitors, and volunteers safe during this period of time when social distancing becomes a necessity.  Many of our local businesses and organizations enjoy participating and benefit financially during the Festival so we encourage everyone to support them when the restrictions are lifted from our daily routines.

Our theme this year, “THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF THE NETHERLANDS” will carry over to next year’s Dutch Days Festival and interested parties are encouraged during the year to read the book, OPERATION CHOWHOUND,” by Stephen Dando-Collins which will be a focus on the theme.  

Next year’s event is scheduled for May 7 and 8, 2021.

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