05/19/2020- Menominee’s largest annual festival will not happen in 2020. At the recommendation of the Waterfront Festival planning committee, Menominee City Council approved canceling the August event due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. Festival Director Nancy Douglas says beyond ensuring guests at the event adhered to social distancing guidelines, it would also be difficult to keep up with sanitation requirements at such a large venue.
Douglas also noted that, as with many other community-sponsored events, it would have been difficult to secure the same level of funding from businesses who’ve found themselves strapped for cash in this economic state. The motion to cancel the 2020 Waterfront Festival also nullified the contract between the City and Douglas for her services coordinating the event.