For the second straight year, the pandemic has caused the cancelation of a popular summer event that draws thousands to the Eastern Iowa town of North Liberty.

The Facebook page for the annual event calls North Liberty Blues & BBQ "an arts-inspired celebration, and the city's premier family-friendly event celebrating summer, held annually on the second Saturday in July in North Liberty."

While it's exciting to see many events like RAGBRAI, the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmers' Market, and the Iowa State Fair are returning in 2021 with mitigation policies in place and either full or limited capacity, and events like the SaPaDaPaSo St. Patrick's Day parade in Cedar Rapids have revamped their plans to safely let the show go on as a drive-thru event, the organizers of Blues & BBQ aren't quite sure they're ready to resume their event and get back to "normal" just yet, especially with roughly half the usual nine months it takes to put the event together flawlessly.

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A press release stated, via the Blues & BBQ website and Facebook page,

We’re optimistic and excited that our community will be in a better place this July, however going from zero to 60 – or 17,000 guests – would potentially be too fast and irresponsible. But, don’t worry: North Liberty’s summer won’t be short on summer fun, and later this spring the City of North Liberty will announce its slate

According to Iowa's News Now, they hope the event can go on when it's safe to resume at full capacity, hopefully as early as 2022.

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