The latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, Boo on Ballard, succumbed last week when Wylie Downtown Merchants Association canceled the event.
Boo on Ballard, which was set for Oct. 29, is a community event during which children and families descend on N. Ballard Ave. to trick-or-treat from merchants who stay open late. A companion event hosted by the city at Olde City Park downtown, Glow in the Park, also has been canceled.
The Halloween themed events have drawn an estimated 10,000 people to downtown Wylie.
“Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Boo on Ballard event due to COVID-19. We reached the critical “no turning back” point in planning and felt there are still too many unknowns to move forward with such a large event that impacts our entire historic downtown area,” a statement issued by WDMA read.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope to see you next year at Boo on Ballard or stop by to shop and dine in historic downtown Wylie,” the WDMA continued.
Other community events canceled this year because of COVID-19 have been Taste of Wylie in April, the downtown Pedal Car Races in May, Bluegrass on Ballard in June, Wylie Chamber of Commerce Championship Rodeo this month and National Night Out in October.
Remaining on the 2020 schedule for now are the annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 and Wylie Arts Festival on Dec. 7. The city council will discuss the Christmas events in a workshop this month.
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