Fundraising Event Replaces Festival & Road Races for Annual Celebrate!
West Hartford Weekend
The 34th annual Celebrate! West Hartford festival
should be taking
place in early June 2020 featuring the award-winning arts & crafts fair,
carnival rides & games, live music, a food court and business &
non-profit exhibitors. A 5K foot race was added to the event 33 years ago with
a dual-fold mission: raise money for families in need to access swim lessons
& vacation-time camps and provide a competition for runners of all ages.
Each year, the signature community event donates $8-13,000 to The Town
That Cares & the Leisure Services Scholarship Funds which help our
neighbors in need.
Unfortunately, in accordance
with social distancing recommendations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020
festival has been canceled. However, because of financial hardships endured by
many of our neighbors due to coronavirus, the
need for funds is greater than ever.
Celebrate! West Hartford
believes we have an opportunity to still help our neighbors while practicing
social distancing. In lieu of the traditional festival and competitive race, we
are holding a FUNd RUN: RUN Apart * GIVE Together.For a $20 entry fee, registrants will receive a special commemorative
T-shirt, and if they choose to run or walk any distance, we’ll post their stats
with other participants’ online.
Our hope is to have 2,020 participants out
running or walking the streets of West Hartford (appropriately distanced, of course!) wearing their shirts and showing their
town spirit on June 5 & 8, 2020 during what would have been the Celebrate! West Hartford
March 26, 2020: At a time when we are all working to minimize the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe this is the responsible course of action. Celebrate! West Hartford requires time and attention from many town departments, employees and volunteers in the months and weeks leading up to it. During this unprecedented time responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority must be the health and well-being of our community. We urge the entire community to heed the warnings and abide by the requests of our government leaders during this time. We look forward to when it will be more appropriate to safely "celebrate" in our community.
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