With coronavirus cases still being reported amid some restrictions being loosened, The Leader recently caught up with Oakdale Chamber of Commerce officials for a quick Q&A regarding some summer programs. Currently scheduled events, however, are still subject to change; look for future updates in upcoming issues as the events get nearer.
Question: Concerts in the Park: Is this event still going on? Will any extra measures be taken because of COVID-19?
Answer: Concerts in the Park will be cancelled for July since the county is not in Phase Four, but still planning on doing concerts in August, pending city approval. We believe patrons can practice social distancing if we get the all clear to proceed. We have some bands lined up.
Q: Taste of Oakdale: Is this still slated for August? Anything vendors or potential event-goers should be aware of?
A: This event will take place Aug. 27 with a new COVID-19 spin this year. We will be announcing soon how you can participate in this event as a restaurant and a patron. Be watching our Facebook page and The Leader for more information.
Q: Chocolate Festival: Is this still slated for September? Do you have any vendors that have already signed up and anything that vendors/event-goers should be prepared for?
A: Yes the 2020 date is Sept 12-13. Again if it can be permitted. We have reached out to the local health department for new regulations and are still waiting for those to be released for food vendors and event promoters. We had in place over 50 percent of the vendors when COVID-19 happened. Only a few of those vendors had a conflict with the new date. Many new vendors are calling to do our festival.
Q: Anything else of note to mention?
A: Our annual Golf Classic has moved from Sept. 14 to Aug. 10. It will be a morning tournament and we are currently accepting individual players and teams. If your business is looking to market yourselves contact the Oakdale Chamber on all the opportunities available. The health and welfare of the community is a primary concern. We strive for a healthy business community and Oakdale relies on tourism from events for our community, nonprofits and businesses.