CONCORDIA, Mo. — German music, parades, beer and family fun, hallmarks of Concordia’s Fall Festival, will have to wait until 2021.

Festival organizers have canceled the 71-year event, which would’ve taken place along the town’s Main Street on Sept. 8-12. Uncertainties brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its carnival, Evans Midland Empire, deciding to ends its fair season this year, were main factors, they say, for “the best interest of our volunteers, community, and attendees.”

“We’re suppose to be having another meeting, so we can discuss what we need to put out to all our viewers and people who come to town. They can watch our website and our Facebook page to see what we are going to do next year,” Fall Festival Chairman Russell Marlin told KMZU.

Marlin says all activities — including the scarecrow and queen contests — will be pushed back to next year. The town of 2,400 draws thousands each year the annual event that celebrates its German heritage.

A countdown clock for 2021 is up and running on its website. As of July 28, only 406 more days to go.