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WDMA cancels Boo on Ballard

by | Sep 9, 2020 | Latest

 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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