CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Chillicothe’s annual Chautauqua in the Park has been canceled this summer, according to the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

The event was supposed to be held Sept. 12 -13. Officials said health to everyone involved was at the utmost importance. Sponsorship cutbacks, lack of vendor participation, and the added costs for necessary preventative measures also weighed in their final decision.

“Although we are saddened by this conclusion, much consideration was given by both the Chamber and Arts Council regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing CDC recommendations, public health authorities, and general public health concerns. We would never want to jeopardize the health and safety of those involved with this event – whether they are vendors, patrons, or volunteers.”

The chamber of commerce has set dates for next summer’s event, held Sept. 11 – 12, 2021.