The 2020 Bronson Polish Festival has been canceled.

Downtown will be subdued July 16-18 rather than draped in red, with polka music blaring from speakers, as is the annual tradition.

Candy Cox of the Polish Festival committee said the decision was "agonizing," but there were so many safety concerns to consider.

“We couldn’t risk having 400 to 500 kids at Kids’ Day and have something happen,” Cox said.

Financial considerations also played a part in the decision. Some businesses that usually support the festival have been closed and some family incomes are reduced.

“People are in tough times right now,” Cox said.

When she called the Michigan Festival Council to report the decision, she was told Bronsin is one of the last festivals to officially cancel.

“We’re hoping for a bigger and better festival for next year,” Cox said.

Those who have made a contribution to this year’s festival will be contacted.

The drawdown that was rescheduled for June 6 will now be held July 18.

“We may also have some extra activities that day, so continue to check our Facebook page of updates,” Cox said.