The Downtown Greeley Promotional Association is sad to announce the postponement of downtown’s weekly Friday Fests until further notice.
Alison Hamling, Chairperson of the Association, states “The postponement of The Greeley Stampede, The Greeley Blues Jam and any other great events that bring tourism to our city and contribute to our sense of place and pride, is something that affects us all. I don’t think this announcement will really surprise anyone. Obviously, we will defer to the guidelines set forth from the Weld County Health Department, the state, and local governing authorities regarding outdoor events and crowd size. Once those are made clear closer to the summer season it will help us determine our course of action. We have the advantage of using all local talent rather than national acts who travel and book tours far in advance, so we can be a little more flexible than the larger festivals regarding our decision timeline. The safety of our guests, our community, and avoiding a second wave of COVID-19 is absolutely our number one concern and will guide all decisions.”
The series is run and funded by an association consisting of the bar and restaurant stakeholders who participate in Greeley’s unique “go-cup” service during this popular summer concert series which typically begins at the end of May and runs into September. There is still a possibility of some Friday Fests late in the season if indicating factors allow for crowds of 5,000 or less to gather and if the Association feels certain people are ready, and they won’t be contributing to another wave of the virus.
“In the meantime,” Hamling says, “we will entertain any creative ways we might be able to host a virtual event or some way we can throw some support to our bars and restaurants, our entertainers, and our community until we get to that happy day we can safely gather again.”