DOON—The coronavirus pandemic may doom the 2020 Doon Days celebration.
The annual festival is scheduled for late July in the Lyon County community of about 600, but that could change.
“We’re moving forward with plans, but we can’t promise anything,” said Leah De Jong, who is a part of the 10-member committee in charge of putting the celebration together. “We’re working on it.
“We’re moving forward with a plan to have it,” De Jong said. “It probably will be a little bit different this year than we’ve had in years past.”
The committee’s plan is to have festival activities Saturday-Sunday, July 18-19, and Thursday-Saturday, July 23-25.
“We’re going forward as a group and we’re going to try and make it as normal as possible,” De Jong said. “The reason Doon Days started was to have a fun weekend for families.
“From little kids to adults, that’s what it’s been about ever since we started it,” she said. “And we’re hoping we can do that again this year.”
A poker run has been held on the first Saturday during past celebrations, followed on Sunday by a community worship service and potluck meal in the morning.
The three-day part of the festival typically features the majority of the activities, including a community picnic, Dooner Games, a flea market, fire truck rides and fireworks.
The Dooner Games are geared toward children ages 13-17.
“We have different obstacle course-type games,” De Jong said.
While Thursday and Friday usually feature several Doon Days activities, the Saturday marking the end of the celebration typically is its busiest day.
“Saturday’s the big day,” De Jong said. “We have a fire and EMS breakfast in the morning. Then we have the parade and we have different activities for the kids to do. It’s just a really fun day.
“The big thing we do on Saturday afternoon is we do a balloon release to honor the current servicemen and women and veterans,” she said. “Our color guard is there. It’s pretty awesome.”
She noted the celebration’s committee members are going to try their hardest to make Doon Days this year as fun as possible if the festival still happens, although it likely would include social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“It’s going to be different this year just with the pandemic, but we’re going to do our best to make it awesome,” De Jong said. “We would love to have it. It’s just whether we can safely do so or not.”