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Cape Coral's Oktoberfest postponed until 2021 over coronavirus worries

The News-Press (Fort Myers) logo The News-Press (Fort Myers) 6/29/2020 Charles Runnells, Fort Myers News-Press

Cape Coral’s popular Oktoberfest celebration has been postponed until early next year. Organizers blame the coronavirus.

The German American Social Club announced the news Thursday, June 25, on its website.

“Our annual Oktoberfest has been postponed this year as concerns about the spread of coronavirus continues and in accordance with large gathering directives from Governor DeSantis,” the club’s board of directors wrote in a statement. “In these uncertain times, the health and safety of our members and community weigh heavily in all decisions made and we are hopeful to safely bring this event back in the first quarter of next year.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Guests at Oktoberfest dance and listen to the bands on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the German American Social Club in Cape Coral. © Amanda Inscore/The News-Press USA TODAY NETWORK - FLORIDA Guests at Oktoberfest dance and listen to the bands on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the German American Social Club in Cape Coral.

“Please stay tuned for further announcements as we hope for conditions to improve.”

Oktoberfest is one of Southwest Florida's biggest, most popular outdoor events. It was scheduled for Oct. 16-25 at the Pine Island Road club.

The 35th annual festival draws about 35,000 people every year for beer, German food, German bands, dancing, vendors and more. It takes place over two weekends in the club's festival grounds.

The money raised at Oktoberfest pays for the club’s operations, fest chairman Steve Eichner said last year. But they also donate $20,000 to $30,000 every year to various charities, including Hope Hospice.

For more information about Oktoberfest, visit capecoraloktoberfest.com.

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More COVID-19 cancellations: What events have canceled, postponed due to coronavirus in Fort Myers, Naples, Southwest Florida?

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