The annual July 4 event Slaton conducts was canceled last year due to COVID concerns.
The Slaton Chamber of Commerce is bringing it back this year, although with some changes.
A lot of the changes started due to COVID.
“We’ve made some changes this year,” said Chamber President Jim Andrus, who added several vendors backed out and the City as well as Chamber elected to cancel the event out of the concern.
This year they plan on making a comeback, but with a few changes.
First, since it falls on Sunday this year they are going to host the event on Saturday, July 3 but
times are the same 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The event’s name will also change. “We’ll call it the ‘Independence Day Festival’,” added Andrus, who cited historical precedent to the name. “We’ve done this before, many folks probably expected it.”
The location may be a bit of a surprise, but Andrus said this was planned. “By popular request, we’ve relocated it. We’ll have music on the gazebo, food trucks in the parking lot, inflatables, and more. We’ll have plenty of room for parking, vendors and shade,” he said.
There’s also another benefit from the change, Andrus added.
“The small businesses located around the square will also be able to take advantage of the large crowd. Please share the news with all those class reunions so they can include it in their plans,” he said.
Andrus said they will be posting more information as it becomes available, which can be found at the Chamber’s website, www.slatonchamberofcommerce.org.