Normally summers are packed full of fun events for me, so much so that I rarely have a free weekend between the beginning of June and the end of September. This year has been the exact opposite, every event I usually attend except for one was canceled, and that was the Ham Radio Field Day event I organized.
Two of the biggest events I attend every year are agricultural fairs. One is in Brooklyn Connecticut and the other one is in Woodstock Connecticut. This year they were cancelled along with just about every fair. I won’t get to pig out on fried dough, sausage grinders, giant donuts, and so much more. Usually the Woodstock Fair has great concerts, horse pulls, midway rides, and so much more I usually enjoy. Not this year. So many people are going to miss out on so much fun, which they really need. So many local businesses and traveling vendors rely on the fairs for so much yearly income. They will sorely miss all of that income. Even the Big E has been cancelled.
Every since I was four years old my family and I belonged to a fife and drum corp. All summer long we would travel around southern New England attending fife and drum musters. If you have never attended one I highly recommend doing to. It is a truly enjoyable way to experience history and a lot of great music. This year all of the musters have been canceled. They usually draw many hundreds, if not thousands, of spectators along with many dozens of fife and drum corps.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth. I was looking forward to attending all of the festivities starting with the Mayflower sailing from Mystic Seaport up until the last event. All of this has been scaled back or cancelled completely. I was planning on taking bus trips to the events since I live so far away and traffic would have been a nightmare because of the crowds. All of the bus trips have been cancelled.
These cancellations are not just affecting me, they are affecting all of my neighbors, just about everyone in this country, and all across the globe. These cancellations are having a very negative impact on my frame of mind. They are really getting me down. I know I am far from alone. We all need fun events, especially if they are so much fun we look forward to them all year round. These events are not cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic. They are being cancelled because of government over reaction to the Coronavirus and by media coverage of the pandemic that has crossed over to hysteria, How much longer the cancellations will go on is unknown. Most likely they will go on until we stand up and say enough.