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35th annual Van Lear Days on despite COVID-19 pandemic

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 7:09 PM EDT
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -With social distancing procedures in place, the Van Lear Days Festival will take place one week later than usual.

Organizers have still found a way to hold the event, however all inside events are canceled and tours of the Coal Miners’ Museum are not being offered.

“We debated back and forth and back and forth and then we cut everything down that we normally do. Nothing inside and I mean we’re just we went down to the bare minimum,” said Tina Webb, an officer of the Van Lear Historical Society.

The corn hole tournament will not be held until next month.

“That’s just to keep down the crowds as much as possible you know music show this month, corn hole next month,” said Webb.

The music show is still being held. Music started Friday at 5 p.m and will continue on Saturday.

“The x’s are marked on where you know six foot apart and families can sit together and then if anyone gets up to come to the booth or whatever then they have to have a mask on and just we’re staying away from them,” said Webb.

Many festival goers are excited to just be out of the house and enjoy music with friends.

“I think it’s healthy to be out among friends to be able to socialize and enjoy each other’s company and this has been very good the distancing and yet enjoying themselves,” said Joann VanHoose.

Lynn Bird even brought her dancing shoes.

“I think it’s healthy to be out among friends to be able to socialize and enjoy each other’s company and this has been very good the distancing and yet enjoying themselves,” said Bird.

The car show is still planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, and parade is planned for 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Webb told WYMT candy will not be thrown out, and they do not want people lining the streets.

“Just drive by and wave just drive by and wave,” said Webb.

The skillet throw and hay bale toss will take place Saturday, as well as Van Lear Idol at 4:30 p.m.

Concessions stands are available but everyone is asked to wear a mask and remain six feet apart.

Van Lear Days is one of two primary fundraisers for the historical society. Their fundraisers rely on the festival to keep the museum up and running.

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