SHIPSHEWANA — While many area towns and cities are canceling their festival scheduled for the summer of 2020, Shipshewana is moving forward with a new festival in late July.

The town council approved the closure of Morton Street from the greenhouse to North Village Drive during Thursday night’s meeting for the Shipshewana Summer Festival. The festival set for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 is sponsored by the Shipshewana Police and Fire departments.

Town Manager Robert Shanahan said the festival would be a good thing for the community with the recent cancellation of May Fest, which is typically held at the beginning of May to welcome in the summer season.

“I think it is going to be a great thing,” he said.

Shipshewana Fire Chief Chad Miller was present at Thursday night’s meeting to discuss this year’s festival.

This year’s festival will include a softball tournament, kids carnival area, live music, car show on Friday night and three on three basketball tournament.

Fire department personnel will be doing a extrication demonstration for residents and the police department will have K-9 demonstrations.

Miller said he is working on lining up other events. More details will be posted on the town’s website as the event draws closer.

By July 4 the state is set to be in Stage 5 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s plan to reopen the state, which allows for festivals and large gatherings.

Shanahan said the town will take every precaution it can to help keep festival goers safe, as the coronavirus will still be present in Indiana.

“Life is going to go on, we are going to be as careful as we can,” he said.

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