In spite of tremendous effort and hope for a celebratory 2021 event after cancellation due to COVID-19 in 2020, Appleton's Octoberfest™ today announces the cancellation of the 2021 License to Cruise and Appleton's Octoberfest™ events scheduled for Sept. 24 and 25, respectively, in downtown Appleton. Organizers and officials say the difficult decision to cancel was reached due to a number of extenuating circumstances:
After months of planning and discussion, the conclusion was reached that the events could not be held at the level befitting the 30th and 40th anniversary milestone years of each event.
"We extend our heartfelt thank you to our volunteer planning committee and Chamber staff who worked tirelessly to try and pull off this year's events," said Paul Shrode, chair of the Appleton's OctoberfestTM Committee. "Although this year won't bring the traditional License to Cruise and Octoberfest events that the public has come to know and love, we look forward to welcoming the community back in 2022."
"Our staff, volunteers, board of directors, and partners demonstrated a tremendous commitment to do everything possible to make Appleton's Octoberfest™ and License to Cruise happen in 2021, even into the month of September," said Becky Bartoszek, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. "I commend their good faith, hard work, and community spirit.
"That being said, the situation on the ground over the course of the past month is dictating that the events weren't meant to happen this year, in this environment. We want to stage the 40th anniversary of Appleton's Octoberfest™ when it can be a high-quality event. That means adequate staffing, safety, and transportation, as well as sufficient food and beverage supplies. At this time there is not a path forward to alleviate these concerns before time runs out. This decision to cancel was certainly not taken lightly and definitely not made without the maximum possible effort to prevent it. This community consistently comes together, cares for one another, and works with the best of intentions, and I want to thank everyone who helped and supported us in the planning of this year's events."