Sister Bay, Wis. (August 11, 2020) – The Sister Bay Advancement Association is deeply saddened to announce that the Sister Bay Fall Festival has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and guidance on large gatherings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state of Wisconsin.
This decision comes only after exhaustive deliberation and consultation with business leaders, the Door County Public Health Department, Village of Sister Bay, and other municipalities. Fall Fest attracts tens of thousands of revelers to downtown Sister Bay each October, and we have concluded that at this time we risk too much in having a gathering of our size.
We understand the impact this decision has on our local businesses – vendors, service industry staff, non-profits and other partners that rely on the increased business that Fall Festival attracts. As difficult as it is to write these words, it’s balanced with the expectation that this will help to ensure the long-term health and well-being of our community.
We extend our sincere appreciation to the thousands of people who attend Fall Fest year after year and appreciate what that tradition means to you because it means a lot to us too. So this year, we will take the opportunity to celebrate by remembering past Fall Fest adventures and begin planning our return next year with the best 75th Anniversary celebration you’ve ever seen.