Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest becomes the latest festival cancelled by COVID-19

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Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest has become the latest community festival to be derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oktoberfest board announced the cancellation of the event Saturday, saying it didn’t appear Chelan County would make it through Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan in time for the beer-fueled celebration.

Oktoberfest 2020 was to be held the first three weeks in October. It annually attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Leavenworth.

The board said the biggest concern was that the liquor permits necessary for the event were likely to be denied by the city and state.

“We held on hoping Chelan County would move through the Phases set forth by the State of Washington, but with little movement we decided to cancel the event to protect our patrons from losing their deposits for hotels and travel agendas,” the board statement said.