By Briley Gargis
WINONA LAKE – Town Manager Craig Allebach announced Wednesday, June 10, that the 4th of July Symphony Concert in Winona Lake is set to still take place.
This will be done with social distancing in mind.
At the Warsaw COVID-19 press conference Wednesday, Allebach also announced that the orchestra will perform their concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.
At the town council meeting held Tuesday, June 16, Allebach said that social distancing guidelines are to be set for the concert and fireworks display over the lake. The myTeam Triumph Firecracker 5K is set to begin at 8 a.m. July 4, at Winona Lake Limitless Park. Allebach said there will be a camera on top of the Boat House restaurant that will be used to livestream the fireworks, along with the possible use of a drone. This will be made available for those who don’t want to risk being in public.
The Village at Winona Manager Nick Hauck reported that food vendors, including fair-style food, will be parked in the Chapel parking lot across from the concert area during the concert and possibly after the fireworks.
Meanwhile, officials canceled the annual 4th of July parade because of pandemic concerns.
Allebach said events that are still scheduled remain subject to change.
The splash pad in Winona Lake is also expected to open July 4.
Allebach also mentioned that the community saw a great number of people who got out to exercise and take advantage of Winona Lake’s various amenities while maintaining social distance. The greenway saw a large increase of people and so did the mountain bike trails.
Town offices are still closed and are operating with appointments only. Offices will be opening to the public on July 4.