Arkansas City Commissioner Jay Warren said that the Arkalalah committee is holding off making a final decision about the event until early September.

“It may not happen,” he said during a work session Friday. “But we don’t know.”

One part of the big fall festival also in doubt is the Kiwanis Club pancake feed.

Commissioner Duane Oestmann, a member of the club, said during the meeting that the feed was canceled but later said cancellations was being considered.

He said the coronavirus makes the event risky, especially since most of the club’s members are older than 65.

“It’s pretty close quarters and you have 500 to 600 people in there at a time,” he said. “That’s just too much of a risk.”

Tasha Bucher of the Arkalalah Festival Committee said Friday that no groups have officially backed out of the festival or canceled their events at this point. 

She said plans for the event were still progressing, and the committee hopes to make a final decision soon.

“We’ve set a date in September as sort of a go or no go time, she said. “That will be released on our social media sometime next week.”

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