DEERFIELD — Once again, Lenawee County residents and visitors to the area will have to wait a little longer in order to take part in one of the most popular festivals of the year.

The Deerfield Testicle Festival, which would be celebrating its 19th annual event this year, has once again been sidelined this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At this time there is not a set date in which the festival will be held according to Nick Pulver of the Deerfield American Legion. Originally, the festival was to be held March 21. However, the date was shelved in Michigan’s initial response at combating COVID-19. The rescheduled date of the festival was moved to this weekend, Saturday, May 9. Pulver, who is one of long-time organizers of the festival, informed The Daily Telegram towards the end of April that the rescheduled date of the festival will not go on as planned.

“If it does go on this year, we are looking at putting something together in September,” he said.

Not everybody in the Deerfield community, including Pulver, are into that idea. If the festival is ultimately held in September, then the 2021 edition of the festival would be held just a handful of months later in May. The kinks are still being worked out.

Whenever the festival is able to take place, it will be held at the Deerfield American Legion Hall, 105 W. River St., during the tentative hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The festival draws more than 2,000 people to the Deerfield community each year and it is the legion’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“People come from all over the state, all over the country to take part in the festival,” he said. “We have people who travel 300 or 400 miles just for this one-day festival.”

Funds raised from the festival — whether through sales of sliced and deep-fried cattle testicles and chicken gizzards, to beer sales and T-shirt sales — bring in most the legion's funds for the year. The funds raised during the festival have allowed its members to continually make improvements to the legion hall and its facilities, as well as give back to the Deerfield community.

The decision to postpone the festival a second time was purely common sense, according to Pulver. A lot has changed in Michigan since mid-March as the coronavirus has begun to make more and more of an impact. Social distancing rules and regulations continue to remain in effect and Michigan’s “stay home” guidelines have been extended through May.

“There would be no doubt that if we held the festival as planned, we would have much smaller crowds than we want,” Pulver said.

In order to make a profit, Pulver said the festival would need to draw anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 people.

“As a veterans and service organization, it would not be a good idea for us to put so many people at risk,” he added. “The governor made the decision for us.”

Since the festival cannot be supported in-person at this time, Pulver encourages individuals to order festival memorabilia and clothing from the legion’s online store. Items available for purchase on the online store include Testicle Festival men’s shirts and sweatshirts, women’s shirts and sweatshirts and Testicle Festival beverage insulators.

Information about the website, ordering products, memorabilia and other questions regarding the festival can be directed to Pulver by calling 419-377-1339.