Although COVID has all but closed down this year's Pioneer Days festival, some events, such as the selection of this year's queen, will be live-streamed on social media. This year's queen candidates include (left to right) Emily Buss, Casey Rosselit, and Dayna Schimmoeller (photos submitted)
Although COVID has all but closed down this year's Pioneer Days festival, some events, such as the selection of this year's queen, will be live-streamed on social media. This year's queen candidates include (left to right) Emily Buss, Casey Rosselit, and Dayna Schimmoeller (photos submitted)

KALIDA — This year has proven problematic for festivals of all stripes. Concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the cancellation of nearly all large-scale events throughout the county.

And so it is with what is likely the largest, Kalida’s Pioneer Days.

Initially scaled back from its typical four-day event to just one, even the events scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 were deemed unsafe.

Even so, festival planners of this, the 148th Pioneer Days, are offering a shadow of past celebrations, some live, and some live-streamed.

On the live-and-in-person end of things:

• Holy Name Social Burgers will be made available, though a date and time for the acquisition of these gustatorial delights has yet to be released.

• the Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ is still on. Meals will be made available on Sunday, Sept. 13. Contact 419-532-3029 for reservations.

Live-streamed events, all of which are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, include:

• drawings for Big Ticket items and the Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

• the presentation of the Grand Marshall.

• the crowning of this year’s Queen.