Two annual events in Upper St. Clair have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upper St. Clair Community Day, a 40-year-plus springtime tradition, will not take place as scheduled for May 16.
“The decision is not taken lightly,” township manager Matthew Serakowski said. “We made this decision out of concern for the safety and health of our community.”
Also put on hold is the Gilfillan Farm Barnyard Beer Benefit, which had been set for May 23. The event has drawn sellout crowds since its inception to raise money toward restoration and preservation efforts at the farm by the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair.
Community Day is a collaborative effort between the township, Upper St. Clair School District, Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-Community South EMS, community groups and local businesses.
“We thank all the organizers and volunteers who have already put so much work into planning this year’s event,” John Rozzo, school district superintendent, said. “All those efforts will be used to make next year’s Community Day even better.”
Previous Community Days have proceeded despite heavy rain, extreme heat and even some light morning snow flurries. This year marks the first Community Day cancellation since its debut on May 20, 1978.
According to Barnyard Beer Benefit organizers:
“We will look to federal, state and local government regulations and recommendations at the end of April to see if it is feasible to host an event later in 2020 or if we will just have to plan a bigger Gilfillan Farm Barnyard Beer Benefit in 2021.”