Lost Summer
Harborfest fireworks. File photo

Lost Summer

Tourism’s crown jewel dulled in Oswego County as Harborfest 2020 falls victim to global pandemic By Lou Sorendo Scratch the 2020 version of Harborfest off the must-do list this summer. The four-day annual event, which was to take place July 23-26, has been canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 as well as logistical issues associated with major construction in the city. Peter Myles is the executive director of Harborfest, and recently reflected on how COVID-19 has canceled the 2020 version. “Really it was the concern over the health and safety of everyone involved in Harborfest, whether it be staff, vendors or people coming to the festival,” he said. “We just knew that it was going to be nearly impossible to practice safe and healthy practices.” He said having to incorporate social distancing, use of facemasks and having concerns over food handling was too great of an obstacle. Myles noted that festival organizers were still waiting on permitting approval from the New York State Department of Health in early June. “They were not accepting applications,” he said. Myles said Harborfest offices have been empty during the pandemic, which limited the staff’s ability to reach out to businesses, sponsors and members. “It

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