Chemainus Legion 191 members and Cowichan Valley Pipes and Drums in the 2019 Summerfest Parade. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Rotary SummerFest celebrations also grounded by COVID-19

Planning would have been well underway by now for June 20 community event taken off the schedule

Everyone loves a parade.

But there won’t be a parade to love this year, part of the cancellations resulting from COVID-19 of the Rotary Club of Chemainus’ annual Chemainus SummerFest celebrations.

No parade. No pancake breakfast. No children’s games, other events and entertainment that brought the community together.

“We made the decision several weeks ago,” confirmed Shannon Bellamy of the organizing committee.

“July first celebrations are being cancelled. We were scheduled for June 20. We felt it was not wise to begin to plan.”

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The event takes a considerable amount of planning and the uncertainty lingering over the COVID-19 situation meant the club had to make a decision not to do a lot of preliminary work for naught.

“We would have been planning all along now, lining up all the volunteers and getting the approval to use the Waterwheel Square,” said Bellamy.

It’s been nothing like a normal year since the very start of 2020 for Chemainus Rotarians or anyone else.

“Usually in January, we go into planning mode for the (Rotary) dinner and auction,” Bellamy pointed out. “Going along with that, we already chose the theme for SummerFest this year.”

The earlier auction was also cancelled, of course, and immediately after that’s done, the club usually turns its attention to the SummerFest celebrations. They’re one step ahead for next year, for what it’s worth, with the theme already picked.

In the meantime, “we’ve been meeting via Zoom for Rotary,” added Bellamy. “There are ways of dealing with the situation. They’re maybe not great, but it’s the best we can do right now.”

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Cowichan Valley Shrine Club members always make the Chemainus Summerfest Parade fun. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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