Midway Boosters announced Saturday they will cancel Swiss Days this year.
The club’s announcement on its website said their decision was due to COVID-19 and came “under direction of the Wasatch Health Department.”
Swiss Days has been an annual tradition in Midway since the 1940’s. According to the state tourism website, visitutah.com, the festival is the second-largest in Utah after Pioneer Day, and 100,000 people come to Midway every September for the event. The festival began as a harvest celebration, then turned into an event that honors the Swiss pioneers who settled in the Heber Valley. Swiss Days is a two-day event that features a parade, a 10k race, arts and crafts booths, food and entertainment.
Midway Boosters is a nonprofit organization that puts on Swiss Days and uses the funds raised from the festival for community projects, such as open space initiatives, remodeling the historic Midway Town Hall, and even buying a portable defibrillator for the Wasatch County first responders to help save the lives of heart attack and stroke victims.
This year Swiss Days was scheduled for September 4th and 5th.
As of Saturday, in Wasatch County there have been 156 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Seven people have been hospitalized and one person in the county has died from the virus.
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