The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already made their recommendations for Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. A beloved holiday tradition has pulled the plug on their event which normally takes place over over Thanksgiving weekend. 

Over the weekend, Canyon County Festival of Trees sent out an e-mail to past participants and posted a notice on their website that the 2020 edition of their event has been canceled. The statement reads:

"Board members made the difficult decision out of an abundance of caution for the community and due to uncertainty about where infection rates will stand this fall, amidst flu season."

The cancelation of the Festival of Trees doesn't just put a damper on holiday spirits, but also takes away a huge fundraising opportunity to two programs that are needed more now than ever before: Caldwell Meals on Wheels and Saint Alphonsus Nampa Meals on Wheels. The two programs make sure that home-bound seniors have access to nutritious meals. The board is committed to find other ways to fill the gap for these two incredible programs and will unveil details about a pledge drive soon.

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The decision comes a few months after the Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees in Boise announced that they would be going virtual for their 2020 event. They're still finalizing the details of what their event will look like, but it's expected to include an online auction and showcase of trees/wreaths and virtual visits with Santa.