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County leaders hope outdoor events will return this summer

March 5, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

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An authentic World War II Jeep is displayed during the military encampment at the Bantam Jeep festival, one of several events planned for this summer amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The scaled back state restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings due to COVID-19 is expected to usher in the return of the outdoor festivals and shows that make summers fun.

On March 1, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that outdoor venues are now allowed to host events up to 20% of their maximum capacity and indoor occupancy will be 15% of maximum capacity.

Large outdoor events held at the Butler Farm Show grounds in Connoquenessing Township and the Big Butler Fairgrounds in Prospect that were canceled last year due to the pandemic should be able to take place this summer, said Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau.

“It's absolutely going to have big impact on our outdoor stuff. I would bet anything outdoors is going to take place this summer,” Cohen said.

Read more in Sunday's Butler Eagle.

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