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Viola Valley Homecoming Still On for Aug. 21-22

By: Alyssa Boles for the Southern Standard

Chad and Russell Claiborne drive by Viola Town Hall in the annual Viola Valley Homecoming Parade.

COVID-19 has not canceled Viola Valley Homecoming. The two-day celebration is still slated for Aug. 21-22.

“Unless we are told we cannot have this event, we will plan on 2020 being the best Viola Valley Homecoming thus far,” said Viola Valley Homecoming Committee president Trent Prater. “We always plan on offering the best event possible. I am excited and hopefully the crowds will stay large and we can have one of our best years.”

The organization is optimistic, but hesitant. 

“We have waited to plan some activities until we saw how other events in the community have gone when they’ve opened, like the pool,” said Prater. “As of now, they seem to be doing OK with the guidelines set by the state.”

Viola Valley Homecoming will also strive to adhere to any existing state guidelines during its event. 

“We plan to follow any state guidelines as well,” said Prater. “We want people to come, participate and have a good time, but do it with safety in mind. We will try to maintain as much social distancing as possible. We want everyone to be safe.”

Popular mainstays are on the agenda, including the annual parade, The On The Road Again Show, live music, and clogging.

A new addition to the festivities might be right up the alley of truck enthusiasts, but it might only take place if the truck and tractor pull cannot.

“If the guidelines require for complete 6-foot distancing, the truck and tractor pulls may not be eligible as one of the events at Viola Homecoming. A meeting is planned for the first week of July to make some overall final decisions about the annual event to decide what is eligible to be put on. We have mentioned the possibility of a truck parade if we cannot have the pull.” 

Details about the upcoming event will be released as they are generated.

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