Hartland Hometown Festival marches on this weekend during COVID-19 pandemic
HARTLAND, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Many festivals and parades were canceled because of Coronavirus concerns, but one is still happening in Waukesha County.
“Hartland is my hometown and I love it here so I’m really happy that I can still come to this," resident Morgan Stelpflug said.
It’s a shared sentiment around town.
“I’m glad it wasn’t canceled cause a lot of stuff was being canceled," Hadley Harmelink, 13, said.
Many in Hartland’s Nixon Park, celebrating Independence Day, and the place they call home.
“To have Hartland pride, I think, is to say that Hartland is strong. I think that Hartland is very patriotic. And I think that Hartland loves people," Village President Jeffrey Pfannerstill said.
Village leaders decided to continue with the annual Hometown Celebration, despite the cancellation of other events due to the Coronavirus.
One father of two said his family was being careful.
“I understand the pandemic’s going on so this is probably not the most prudent choice but we’re kind of staying among our close circle," resident Jordan Alward said.
As of Saturday,June 27, the village has six confirmed cases, according to Pfannerstill.
And because the numbers were so low, leaders thought it was safe enough to still come together.
“I thought it was better to say anybody that’s having symptoms, anybody that feels unsafe shouldn’t come and we’re still going to go on with our festivities," he explained.
Sunday's parade starts at 1:30 p.m.