The Hopkins Raspberry Festival is moving online this year

Events will be "few, new, improvised, imperfect and orchestrated on a shoestring budget."
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Like many treasured summer events, the Hopkins Raspberry Festival has had to make some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Raspberry Festival has been an important event in Hopkins for 85 years, starting during the depression as a way to boost business in Hopkins. The festival offers raspberry-themed events and other festivities, such as a car show, live music, a parade and the coronation of raspberry royalty.

This year, the festival not going to be canceled like many other events – it'll be almost entirely online. 

"For the multitude of reasons we are all aware of, we cannot hold a typical festival this year," organizers said in a May 18 announcement. "Our team is committed to holding a new kind of Hopkins Raspberry Festival this July that will be almost entirely virtual. Our team has worked hard to be creative, and quickly conceive new events to fulfill our mission during these circumstances."

Organizers say the events, held July 15-19, will be "few, new, improvised, imperfect and orchestrated on a shoestring budget."

The 86th annual Hopkins Raspberry Festival will announce the virtual events on its website.

"With the diligent work of our team, along with your support, we can make it especially meaningful and memorable," the announcement said.

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