Just as the closing of pools and park programs was not unexpected, the cancellation of this annual event isn't either. It's sad and disappointing, but also understandable. Here is the press release:

The Urbana Business Association is canceling the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival’s in-person activities that was scheduled for August 21-22, 2020. However, our team is working to possibly develop a virtual experience for our business and community members to enjoy.

It is disheartening that we will not be able to offer the in-person experience of the beloved Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, but we support the five-stage plan to reopen Illinois in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the decision of the City of Urbana to extend the suspension of special event permits at this time.

The health and safety of Urbana-Champaign’s residents, the Urbana-Champaign business community, and our staff is of utmost importance and is our top priority. We will continue to assess each event individually and will be complying with the recommendations of the City of Urbana, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Restore Illinois plan as our response to COVID-19 evolves.

We look forward to hosting events in the future and we strongly encourage all guests who plan on attending upcoming events hosted by the Urbana Business Association to practice CDC hygiene guidelines recommended from the CDC and if you are feeling unwell that you do not attend any public events. We will continue to keep our business and community members informed of any changes or updates. We are all in this together!

Photo from Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Facebook page.