Liberty Fest will be a bit different this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and while some signature events are not happening, others are continuing and several new events have been created.

Instead of the parade, there will be a flyover, anthem and flag raising on the Long Bridge at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic and open to pedestrians. If there is inclement weather, the event and flyover will be canceled. Fireworks will be at dark (10 p.m.) on July 4.

A new craft and vendor event will be at The Mill from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4. More than 27 vendors will be inside and outside of The Mill. The Owen Knutson Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament will be held at the city ball field during the weekend. Local bands will play at Chetek establishments.

Not happening this year are the Liberty Fest Parade, Beach Party, Kids’ Activities at Phillips Park, Gary Haugen Softball Tournament, Vintage Voyagers’ Blast from the Past car show, World’s Fare music and food truck event at Phillips Park and Stitching Sisters’ Liberty Fest Quilt Show at The Center. There is no shuttle. The Chetek Alert will not be publishing a Liberty Fest brochure this year.

See the full schedule on Page A7.

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