Chester Bowl Fall Fest canceled due to COVID-19

Northlanders celebrated the changing of the seasons on Saturday with the 34th annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest held in Duluth. Northlanders celebrated the changing of the seasons on Saturday with the 34th annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest held in Duluth. |  Photo: WDIO-TV, file

Created: July 16, 2020 09:47 AM

Another favorite event in Duluth has been canceled due to concerns over safety during the pandemic. Organizers of the Chester Bowl Fall Fest announced Thursday that the 36th anniversary of the event scheduled for Saturday, September 19 has been canceled. 


Staff and volunteers say they are unable to safely hold an event of this size during this pandemic with current group size restrictions. They say Fall Fest averages 7,500 to 10,000 visitors in a one day event. With limited space available at Chester Bowl, organizers say they cannot follow the adequate social distancing guidelines for a group of this size. 

"We look forward to this event all year as a celebration of community and the change of seasons. It never really feels like fall until the weekend of Fall Fest," Program Manager Sam Luoma said in a press release.  "This event has been a big part of many Duluthians’ lives, and we know the community will miss having the event this year. We are disappointed to have to cancel the event in 2020, but we know it is the right decision.”

Fall Fest hosts over 130 vendors selling locally and hand-made items, a farmers market, a great lineup of live music throughout the day, food vendors, and activities for families and children. 

This annual event is sponsored by the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division, the Chester Bowl Improvement Club, and Midwest Communications. Donations and Chester Bowl clothing sales proceeds benefit the Chester Bowl Improvement Club and its programming and scholarship fund. 

Additional information on the cancellation and the event overall is found at

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