Walloon tractor festival canceled

With the utmost concern for the health and welfare of club members, vendors, and loyal visitors, the board of the Northern Michigan Antique-Flywheelers (NMAF) met on May 13 and unanimously voted to cancel all public events at the showgrounds for the 2020 season.
This includes the annual show that is held the last full weekend in July as well as Student Harvest Days in mid-September.
There is too much uncertainty surrounding the status of the pandemic to proceed with these events.
According to NMAF club President Bob DeVol, “These events require months of preparation and the work of hundreds of volunteers to be successful.
We don’t know if large gatherings will be allowed in the next few months and we certainly do not want to jeopardize the health of our club and community members.”
Club members will resume working on projects as state guidelines allow in an effort to prepare for the return of events in 2021.
Work can be done safely in many areas such as grounds maintenance, exhibit improvements, and building repairs.
The NMAF club is an educational nonprofit organization that uses demonstrations and displays to showcase “Life in the Past Lane,” revisiting life in rural northern Michigan as it was in the early part of the last century.
It annually holds a show the last full weekend in July and hosts Student Harvest Days, day-long field trips for more than one thousand area fourth graders over a four day period in September.
The showgrounds are located between Boyne Falls and Walloon Lake.
Information on the organization can be found at www.walloonlakeflywheelers.com, on Facebook as Northern Michigan Antique-Flywheelers, or by calling club President Bob DeVol at (231) 322-2760.

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