May 6, 2020

After exploring various options and considering a number of factors, our Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Musky Festival due to the uncertainties associated with the current pandemic and the gathering of large groups. The health, safety and well-being of the Hayward area community, festival attendees, participants, sponsors, volunteers and staff have remained our top priorities as we have monitored the COVID-19 situation. 
 
While we are saddened by this news, it has also reminded us how extremely fortunate we are to live in an area that offers an abundance of options to enjoy, even in the incredible times we find our world in. Shopping within our small businesses can be done safely and our local restaurant take-out options are endless. Taking the boat out on the lake and breathing in the pure Northwoods air is still as refreshing as it gets. Exploring our abundant trail systems is social distancing at its best – and way, way before the term was en vogue. The fact of the matter is, it’s being proven that our Northwoods life is as resilient as they come and for that, we are grateful.
 
Even with uncertainty in the world, we know how determined our community is to move ahead to make the very best of the days, weeks and months to come, and that is absolutely what is going to happen. It will simply not include large festivals for the time being. We look forward to coming together for next year’s 71st Musky Festival scheduled for June 25-27, 2021. In the meantime, we know that all will find ways to safely enjoy our beautiful ‘Neck’ of the Woods as we lift one another up!  

Please contact brianna@haywardareachamber.com with any questions.