In an unexpected turn of events, the Seven Fields Community Carnival won't happen after all.
Although borough council voted at its June 8 meeting in favor of holding the three-day festival, the vendor, Lisko Family Amusements, told the borough it was no longer willing to participate in the carnival.
“Their representative said that this difficult decision was made largely in part due to Gov. (Tom) Wolf's COVID-19 health guidelines and social distancing restrictions, and the impact to Lisko's successful business operations,” a notice on the borough's website states.
With such short notice, the statement continues, Seven Fields will not be able to secure another carnival provider, and thus had to cancel the three-day event.
The council approved the carnival along with opening the community pool, restarting food truck nights and approving its beer, music and wine festival at that early-June meeting. Borough manager Tom Smith said none of the other events or openings are affected by the carnival's cancellation.
“We're still going to move on with the beer and wine nights and, hopefully, with the food truck nights, we'll be able to do something with that,” Smith said.
The carnival is held annually on July 2, 3 and 4, and will likely return in 2021.
“Obviously, the council members are disappointed to learn that we are not going to be able to continue the tradition of the Seven Fields Community Carnival, but with the social distancing guidelines and requirements set forth by the state, it, in conversations with the amusement company, became apparently clear that he just was unable to meet those mandates,” Smith said.