Yankton’s Riverboat Days Cancelled For Summer 2020
(KVHT) – Another popular summer celebration has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yankton’s Riverboat Days and Summer Arts Festival will not take place this August. The events co-chair John Kraft confirmed Friday that after much deliberation the committee and board of directors for the Yankton Area Arts have opted not to hold the annual festival this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Kraft said the decision was made after watching the COVID numbers and consulting with local officials to try to come up with a plan that might have made the event possible. With the pandemic continuing to spread, however, as well as looking at so many unknowns over the late summer, Kraft said the situation became unfeasible. Riverboat Days is one of a number of local summer events that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Market at the Meridian has introduced online ordering and curbside services. Yankton Ribfest, which had been scheduled for mid-June, has been postponed until at least the fall. Yankton Area Arts’ Meridian En Blanc has been changed to a digital event. Yankton’s Fourth of July fireworks will be held at a later date. And in April, it was announced the Extreme Bull Riding Tour event that typically coincides with Riverboat Days was canceled. Riverboat Days has been held in Yankton every year since 1984. It now annually draws an estimated 100,000 people.
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