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NCTC adapts 2020 Arbor Day plans

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

After long discussions with members of the Nebraska City Health Board and members of the community, the Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce Board of Directors has made decisions regarding the 2020 Arbor Day Celebration.

On Thursday, March 19, NCTC Marketing Coordinator Tammy Partsch said the annual Children’s Program, scheduled for Friday, April 24, is up in the air.

“Our school children have a long tradition of going to Arbor Lodge for the Children’s Program,” Partsch said.  “With the uncertainty of the school year, we are working on a virtual Children’s Program that can be viewed or downloaded by teachers or parents.”

Partsch also said details on the Commemorative Tree Planting will be released as the date gets closer.

“We usually want that to be a big communal event,” Partsch said.  “It’s where we recognize our Arbor Day Honoree with a tree planting and reception.  If we are not able to gather as a big group, we will probably ask a small group to be present and show a live video on Facebook.”

Partsch said another option is to organize small tree plantings throughout the community for Friday, April 24.

Amy Allgood, NCTC Executive Director, said Saturday’s 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk may become a virtual run, where participants do a 5K or 10K on their own and post a picture with their time upon completion.

“This is an event that we can still do as planned if gathering size recommendations are changed,” Allgood said.  “We already have more than 50 people signed up for the run and we are planning on ordering t-shirts for those runners and extras for those who want to buy them.”

Allgood said the biggest change this year will be the parade.  Set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, the parade will go on as scheduled; however, event planners are upending the normal parade style and implementing a “drive-by parade” this year.

“We are going to have the floats and parade entries park on Central Avenue and have people drive up the street to view the parade from the comfort and safety of their own cars,” Allgood said.  “We are going to tell them that they don’t have to ‘leaf’ their cars to see the parade!”

Allgood said NCTC will send out logistical information about the backwards parade to parade entrants in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Progressive Dinner and Home, Craft, & Garden Market events, both scheduled for Saturday, April 25, are canceled.  The Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championship scheduled for Sunday, April 26, is postponed.

“The Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championship is a fun event and one doesn’t have specific Arbor Day ties,” said Pam Frana, Membership Coordinator and Bloody Mary Championship Committee Chair.  “Adjusting the dates to allow for a time when more people can congregate will help keep it a successful event.”

Allgood said a new date has not yet been set for the Bloody Mary State Championship, but event planners are anticipating a May or June date.

Details on Arbor Day 2020 will continually be update on the NCTC website at GoNebraskaCity.com.