James J. Hill Days in Wayzata is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce said Thursday.
The annual event, which is held along Lake Street in downtown Wayzata, is dubbed "Lake Minnetonka's largest three-day festival" and typically attracts as many as 70,000 people to the city of around 4,500. The festival marks the end of summer and celebrates Wayzata's history with a carnival, weiner dog races, market, parade and more.
Event organizers said they're canceling the event, scheduled for Sept. 11-13, due to COVID-19 guidelines and concerns for the health of the community, noting that the Chamber of Commerce is looking for other ways to celebrate the community and support local businesses.
"If you were planning on attending the James J. Hill Days festival this year, we encourage you to spend some time downtown eating on a patio or shopping at our member retailers," the Chamber said in a Facebook post.
The Wayzata Beach Bash, which is held the same weekend as James J. Hill Days is also canceled. The concert took a year off last year after failing to secure the top-level talent it had attracted in past years (past performers included Tobey Keith). It was set to return this year, however performers had not been announced.
The next James J. Hill Days is already on the calendar for Sept. 10-12.