Two more holiday events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent surge in cases.
Brad Jones, coordinator of the Mayfield Lions Club Christmas Parade, announced that the parade, typically scheduled for the first Saturday following Thanksgiving, would not be held this year.
The Lions Club took over putting on the parades in 2002. Jones said that in all the years of holding the parade, they have had to postpone the event due to inclement weather but had never completely canceled.
Also, Walk Through Bethlehem at Mayfield’s First Church of the Nazarene has been canceled.
“The First Church of the Nazarene in Mayfield has regretfully made the decision to cancel its presentation of Walk Through Bethlehem this year for the safety of every one during this COVID 19 pandemic,” said church and event spokesperson Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell.
The annual event, which was scheduled to run Dec. 4-6, features an immersive experience in a model version of ancient Bethlehem during the census decree by Caesar Augustus and the birth of Jesus. For 2020’s version, the church had already prepared to scale back and offer a guided tour rather than allow people to wander around the constructed city.
Cartwright Grove’s annual on-site Christmas presentation had also been canceled, but people may see the old-time town’s lights as part of the drive-thru Fairground Festival of Lights, which is set to open Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m.