LYONS — An annual festival that brings people to an island in an Ionia County village the first weekend in August won’t be happening in 2020.


The Lyons-Muir Island Fest and car show has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said event organizer Patty Priest.


"This is the very first time it’s ever been canceled," Priest said.


The festival takes place the first full weekend in August every year and has grown in its attendance, Priest said.


Unknown variables with the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of senior residents who attend the event led to organizers deciding to cancel the festival, Priest said.


Organizers made the decision to cancel this year’s event in April.


"We’re hoping to have it next year bigger and better," she said.


This year’s event would have started with the car show on Aug. 6, with the festival from Aug. 7-8.


The annual festival takes place at Hazel Devore Park, which is located on an island on the Grand River, and downtown Lyons.


The festival typically consists of live music, a parade, local vendors, children’s activities, adult bingo, a car show and other activities — providing summer fun to the communities of Lyons and Muir.


"It means a whole lot to our residents," Priest said.


The festival has always been free to attendees, Priest said, with the exception of purchases from vendors. The Lyons-Muir Events Committee organizes the event.


There are plans for the festival to return in 2021, Priest said. Those interested in assisting can contact the village of Lyons at 989-855-2125 or Priest at 616-240-8160.


"I hope to see everybody next year with smiling faces," Priest said.


— Contact reporter Evan Sasiela at esasiela@sentinel-standard.com. Follow him on Twitter @SalsaEvan.