April 30, 2020
No PIGYS, Finn Fest in 2020
Compiled by Rick Nelson
Organizers of community festivals and events are struggling to decide what to do in response to the corona-19 virus pandemic and resulting social distancing.
This week, organizers announced the cancellation of two events, the Puget Island Garage and Yard Sale (PIGYS) in late June and the Naselle Finnish-American Folk Festival (FAFF) at the end of July.
"We have decided that it is too risky to hold the festival this summer," Anita Raistakka, one of the FAFF organizers said this week. "We will decide in the next couple of weeks whether to hold it next summer or just wait until our regular scheduled year in 2022.
"In the meantime, we will probably hold concerts/lectures in our newly acquired building, the former Congregational Church in Naselle, when we feel it is safe to do so."
PIGYS coordinator Sandie York said Tuesday that the two-day sale had to be cancelled because of uncertainties bout reopening of business and society.
Still up in the air is the fate of the Cathlamet Bald Eagle Days in July.
Stephanie Moonen, executive director of the sponsoring Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce, said that organization's board of directors is still considering whether or not to go ahead with Bald Eagle Days.