Fernwood Day returns for 2020 weekend run

Fernwood days is back on for this Friday and Saturday. Organizers and the Fernwood community decided to have the celebration but this year the events will be scaled back. Pictured left to right: Matt Wagner, Alisa Wagner, and Christine Ashmead.

The community of Fernwood isn’t about to break tradition.

Fernwood Days is still on this year despite many other local events being canceled due to reports of growing coronavirus cases in Idaho.

Organizer Christine Ashmead said that this year the event planners have decided to scale back a few of the events. They plan to host their regular family social night Friday and the senior citizens breakfast and parade Saturday.

Ms. Ashmead said that the community is excited to still have the event.

“It (Fernwood Days) promotes a huge sense of community here, and we are not blood related but we are family,” Ms. Ashmead said. “To be able to have a community gathering like this is huge.”

“Everyone I’ve talked to is pretty excited especially since everything else is getting canceled,” Ms. Ashmead said.

Ms. Ashmead said that there will be no events hosted in the CAF building this year and that most of the events will take place at the park located next to the CAF building.

She said that there will be a fair amount of vendors at Friday night’s family social. She said that organizers wanted to keep the event simple and not very costly.

“A lot of people have been financially impacted by COVID,” Ms. Ashmead said. “We wanted to try and invite vendors with items that wouldn’t break the bank.”

“We just want people to be able to come out and have a good time without having to worry about expenses,” Ms. Ashmead said. “I think a lot of people need that right now.”

Friday night festivities start around 2:00 p.m. as the 4-H Club will host a car wash and bake sale until 5:00 p.m. The family social and dance will start at 6:00 p.m. and will feature music by local band JamShack.

Saturday will feature the senior citizens breakfast which will go from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. is when community members will line up for the parade.

The parade will be the final event of Fernwood days. Ms. Ashmead said that the senior citizens will also host bingo and lunch later in the afternoon for anyone interested.

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