GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — This year’s Thunder on the Strip has been canceled, according to Dwayne Bennett, who organizes the event.
The cancellation was announced on Thunder’s Facebook page on Wednesday. Bennett, who also serves as mayor of Geneva-on-the-Lake, said the decision to cancel the event was made because of orders from the state.
“The governor’s orders said there’s no festivals allowed,” Bennett said. “Our health department ... is considering [Thunder on the Strip] a festival.”
Organizers have been waiting to see if orders would be lifted in time to have the event, Bennett said.
“We figured, maybe if something got lifted, then we would try to squeeze it in and coordinate it real quickly, but obviously that’s not going to happen,” he said.
If orders are lifted in the future, organizers hope to reschedule the 2020 Thunder on the Strip for May of 2021, to be followed by 2021 Thunder on the Strip at its normal date in September, according to the Facebook post announcing the cancellation.
“It’s a big hit for all of our businesses and the rest of the whole county,” Bennett said. “The revenue that it brings in is crazy, for lodging and everything else.”
Bennett encouraged anyone who may still be coming to town to support businesses.
“You can still go support the local businesses that are there that are trying to survive,” he said.
“We thank everybody for their past years of support,” Bennett said. “With the situation we’re in, we just thought it was the best thing to do.”