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Chamber cancels Taste of Fort Macleod

Ashley Nelson

The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of Fort Macleod residents.

The pandemic claimed another victim last week as the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce announced it was cancelling its popular Taste of Fort Macleod event.

“We did meet extensively, trying to figure out how we could make that work,” Chamber executive director Ashley Nelson said. “It was going to be too hard.”

Nelson announced the cancellation Thursday during the Chamber’s August meeting at the Empress Theatre.

Taste of Fort Macleod is the Chamber’s annual celebration of food and drink produced and sold by local businesses.

The event includes a barbecue cook-off that pits teams sponsored by local businesses against one another.

The need for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as restrictions on the size of public gatherings forced the Chamber’s hand.

The Chamber members looked at ways they could adapt to the public health requirements but found too many obstacles.

Nelson said Taste of Fort Macleod has established a reputation as a quality event and the Chamber didn’t want to compromise it.

“We don’t want to not do it justice,” Nelson said.

The Chamber has already had to cancel its annual antique sale and show planned for June at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.

The pandemic also forced cancelation of South Country Fair and the Willow Creek Gospel Jamboree in July, two popular summer music festivals.

The Fort Macleod Checkmates Car Club called off its annual show of vintage and custom vehicles on Main Street in July, due to the pandemic.

The pandemic also forced cancellation of Heritage Acres Farm Museum’s annual show on the Heritage Day long weekend.

Pow wows traditionally held by the Piikani Nation and Blood Tribe were cancelled.

The Fort Macleod Triathlon was called off due to the pandemic.

The Empress Theatre cancelled its summer drama camps, as well as all other concerts and movies.

Nelson said the Chamber has turned its attention to hosting the annual awards gala, which includes the Citizen of the Year and Outlanding Business awards.

Nelson isn’t sure what form the banquet will take, but the chamber feels it is important to celebrate the awards in some fashion.

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