Unfortunately, the organizers of Oktoberfest in the Amana Colonies have posted the following notice on their website:
Oktoberfest 2020: Cancelled
As we all navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have decided to cancel Oktoberfest for 2020 for the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers.
Link: Amana Oktoberfest Cancelled
When I spoke with the organizers a couple of weeks ago, their plan was to sell advance tickets to enter the Festhall for timed events, to severely limit the number of people allowed in each session, and to sanitize the hall after each session. They also planned to ask all of the business owners along the parade route to limit the number of people watching the parade from in front of their businesses. Obviously, the organizers have now determined that those plans are not a tenable solution and have cancelled the entire event.
As a result, FROG is treating this as a cancelled event as well, and I've asked Will to notify the Amana Campground and the caterer that we will not be sponsoring this event.
Reservations for this the FROG-toberfest Rally and payment for campsites were made directly with the campground. Therefore, we're asking that everyone registered call the Amana Campground at (319) 622-7616
, either to cancel your reservation or to let them know that you would like to keep your reservation in spite of the cancellation of the Oktoberfest activities.
Please let them know this week if at all possible so that they can plan accordingly.
I want to take a moment to thank Will Brown and everyone on his team for their hard work in organizing "FROG-toberfest." While the decision to cancel is difficult, it's certainly the one that has to be made, especially in light of the cancellation of the festival itself. FROG-toberfest is one of our longest-running and most popular events, and we look forward to returning to Amana to celebrate its return in 2021.