North Iowa Bandfest Cancelled

There's trouble in River City, with a capital T, which rhymes with C, which stands for COVID-19.

With the pandemic continuing to spread across the state, the Mason City Chamber of Commerce announced this week that the North Iowa Band Festival, scheduled for May 21-25, has been canceled for the first time since World War II.

Festival officials considered merely postponing the event, however the uncertainty of when it would be safe to resume normal activities left them feeling that cancellation was the only safe option.

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