Famous Wisconsin Dells water ski show to shut down permanently

The impact from the pandemic has brought an end to the Tommy Bartlett Show.
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The iconic Tommy Bartlett Show in the Wisconsin Dells has announced its permanent closure due to the losses incurred by the pandemic.

The popular "ski, sky and stage show" set on Lake Delton announced in May it was closing down for 2020 due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

But while Gov. Evers' Stay at Home restrictions were lifted just a week later after a challenge to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the state is still advising not to hold large gatherings. Meanwhile, the country's tourism industry has taken a huge hit, with many Americans continuing to observe social distancing advice, and limiting their travel.

Federal health officials warn that even with a vaccine, a return towards normality might not happen until late 2021, which presents a financial conundrum for businesses.

For the Tommy Bartlett Show, the financial hit was so great that it's ending its run after 69 years in the Dells.

“From May through September 6, we experienced a complete loss of revenue when we had to cancel our 2020 summer season on Lake Delton due to the pandemic," the company said Wednesday.

"Each fall, we begin to plan for the next season, and with so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the pandemic and travel, we cannot undergo additional financial risk and investment to begin planning for summer 2021. While we are grateful that we have had almost seven decades of entertaining visitors in Wisconsin Dells, we have no choice but to close the Show."

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