WINFIELD — The long-standing tradition of Crooked Creek Days in Winfield will continue July 31-Aug. 2 this year with all activities to take place outside to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Co-chair of the Crooked Creek Days Committee, Jessica Haines, said this year the event was pulled together rather quickly. Normally, planning begins in September and continues until the event in late July. However, due to virus concerns, all planning ceased for several months as the committee tried to decide if it would be able to move forward with the event.
The normal fundraisers were put on hold, she said, and all planning ceased until about two weeks ago.
“We didn’t know for sure if we could do it, but we just kind of decided we could,” she said.
After receiving approval from the city council, Haines said the three day festival was back on. Details are still being worked through due to the short planning period, she said, but all activities will take place along North Locust Street, the main street in town.
This year the theme is “We are W-MU” a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Winfield-Mt. Union sports boys and girls basketball teams each placing first at the state tournament. A three-on-three basketball tournament, football toss, basketball toss, volleyball and bags tournaments will be available for both kids and adults, she said. A live band will play Saturday night and
“With everything that’s going on, we’ve taken the things that we can do outside but there really wasn’t a lot of time for anything new,” she said.
Although the activities were put together quickly, Haines is confident the weekend will be fun and with everything taking place outdoors social distancing will be possible making the weekend a great reprieve from the COVID-19 blues.
“Everything we have is outside. We don’t have anything inside so hopefully that will make it a bit better,” she said.