(BEDFORD) – On Wednesday, November 11th Bedford Revitalization Inc. learned through Governor Holcomb’s weekly COVID-19 press conference that the state will no longer remain in Stage 5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan.
Additionally, newer restrictions for gatherings will be implemented which do not allow for larger gatherings, such as festivals, parades and events to take place.
Therefore, the 2020 Bedford Christmas Parade is now canceled.
“While the Bedford Christmas Parade has been canceled, Bedford Revitalization Inc. asks the community to show their support to our local downtown business community,” wrote BRI Promotion Director Sarah Turpen in a press release. “The heart of our downtown showcases unique retail shops, boutiques, restaurants, & professional services. We encourage you to make a conscientious effort to shop local, especially this year. Many of the downtown businesses offer curbside, online and socially distanced services and appreciate your continued business and support.”
BRI will still be hosting a downtown window decorating contest between the storefront businesses around the square, plus one block in every direction. Additionally, a Shop the Square contest will kick off on Small Business Saturday (recognized this year on November 28th) and will continue through Saturday, December 19th.
Participating merchants will have a store front sign displayed indicating that you can earn an entry by visiting their store. Those who make a purchase will earn an additional entry in the grand prize drawing.
Online purchases from participating downtown merchant locations are also eligible.
The winner of the drawing will receive a Downtown Merchant gift basket full of items donated by the downtown community valued at several hundred dollars.
The winner will be contacted and announced publicly on Tuesday, December 22nd.
“We wish to thank the City of Bedford, BRI Parade Committee, volunteers and partners that have strived to bring this cherished holiday celebration to the community. We also thank the Lawrence County Health Department for their efforts in navigating this incredibly challenging situation,” Turpen added.