Letter to the Editor: A new breed of Iceworm

The Iceworm marches down First Street. (Feb. 1, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from our local health care officials, the Cordova Iceworm Festival has made some changes to this year’s festival. Please keep in mind, these changes were not made lightly and are put in place to help keep our community safe.

The Festival will start Feb. 1 and run through Feb. 6. We hope to have an official schedule out after the first of the year. Some of the regular events, including but not limited to the Paper Airplane Contest, Variety Show and Food Fair have been officially cancelled. The Iceworm Festival Board and Committee will also not endorse any event(s) that do not abide by the CDC guidelines and/or city of Cordova mandates, for example, inside events where social distancing is not an option.

Events where participants will be outside and can abide by the guidelines and mandates, such as the Tail Hunt, are encouraged. The Parade will have a longer route this year, starting at the Ferry Terminal and driving through Main Street then down Chase Avenue and then up completing at the end of Lake Avenue. All entries will need to consist of floats that can maintain 10 miles per hour for the length of the parade.

We are hopeful this allows the town to enjoy a safe and fun parade. Since traveling to the festival looks different this year, we will be posting more information on how to watch live streamed events such as the parade, Miss Iceworm Coronation, Citizen of the Year event and our Fireworks Extravaganza soon. And be on the lookout for details on The Treasure Chest Raffle!

The Iceworm Festival Board and Committee would like to thank Cordova for being diligent and patient with all the changes we have faced this year. We are thankful to live in a community where people band together in times such as these. Cordova, we are “Still Shining Bright!”

Ria Beedle, on behalf of Baby Iceworm and the Iceworm Committee

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