The Levelland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff have announced that the 59 th Annual Early Settlers Day Festival and Community Celebration has been postponed due to the risks of the COVID 19 Virus. The event, always held the second Saturday in July was scheduled for July 11, 2020, however after careful consideration; the Board of Directors determined that a date change was necessary. Early Settlers Day 2020 will be moved to Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Jim Mara, Chairman of the Levelland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors said “the safety and health of our patrons, attendees, volunteers, vendors and staff are our number one priority. At this time, it is a huge risk having large groups together anywhere. Many of the vendors for our event come from areas in the state and region that are showing increased cases of the COVID. We do not want to chance the well being of our community. Our hope is that the environment will be safer for large events
by September, if not, necessary considerations and adjustments will be made accordingly closer to that date.
Mary Siders, President of the Levelland Chamber of Commerce noted that Early Settlers Day is a time to celebrate our community and many of our honorees are in the high risk age group for the COVID virus, therefore, we found it made the most sense to move the event to a later date.
The Levelland Chamber of Commerce has organized and hosted this event as an annual fundraiser for its programs and has been discussing possible date changes prior to the onset of the COVID19 virus. Siders said, vendor numbers and attendees have been on the decline due to the temperatures on summer pavement, so this will allow us that chance to make a move to a cooler date. In addition, many new attractions
planned for July canceled due to the COVID19 so our hope is that they will be able to join us for the September date.
Much time and thought was put into the new date change. Siders said that fall is an active time in West Texas and several elements were considered like other event dates that would compete for our vendors, high school and Texas Tech football. Chamber of Commerce officials sought out expertise from event insurance providers, the Texas Chamber of Commerce Professionals and Texas Festival & Events authorities prior to recommending the decision of a date change.
Registered vendors will have the option of transferring their registration to the new date of September 19, 2020 or issued a refund. The Chamber of Commerce staff will visit with event sponsors allowing options desired.