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Annual Romeoville carnival 'Romeofest' canceled amid COVID-19 concerns

The village of Romeoville announced this week that its annual carnival, Romeofest, is canceled amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Romeofest was originally scheduled for Aug. 6-9 this year, according to a news release.

The village said in the release that Romeofest is one of the most attended events of the year and it would be impossible to follow safety guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state government to prevent the spread of the disease.

“This decision did not come lightly, but for the safety of our community, this was the best course of action,” said Kelly Rajzer, director of recreation for the village. “Although RomeoFest is canceled, we feel it is important to provide new programs and events for our residents that meet federal and state guidelines.”

Will County and surrounding municipalities have canceled similar large summer events in light of the pandemic, including Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, Taste of Joliet, Old Canal Days in Lockport and Channahon Three Rivers Festival.

Romeoville had already announced the cancellation of the Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest, which was set to take place for the first time in Romeoville.

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