Town of Gypsum Announces Cancellation of Gypsum Daze 2020

Gypsum, Colorado, April 27, 2020 — The Gypsum Town Council and staff have decided to cancel what would have been the 38th Annual production of Gypsum Daze. Town officials cited several reasons for the decision.

The event, a three-day community celebration originally scheduled for July 16-18, 2020, typically draws thousands of people to Gypsum from all over the state. “Gypsum Daze and all of its events — from the 5K Fun Run, to the Youth Talent Show, and headliner concerts — are about bringing people together to celebrate our small-town spirit,” says Taylor Slaugh, Gypsum’s communications and marketing manager. “That sentiment would largely be lost with the physical distancing and other modifications still anticipated to be necessary to reduce and control the transmission of COVID-19 by mid-July.”

Additionally, given the growing economic distress caused by the unprecedented measures taken to reduce and control the transmission of the disease, the Gypsum Council is taking a conservative approach to its 2020 budgeting and spending. The event cancellation will allow the Council greater budget flexibility to attend to potentially greater community needs as the COVID-19 crisis develops.

Finally, with the recent passing of longtime Councilwoman Pam Schultz, the Town would like to honor Pam’s decades of service not only to Gypsum but to Gypsum Daze. “A modified or greatly scaled-back event just doesn’t feel right.” says Jeremy Rietmann, Gypsum’s Town Manager. “Pam was critical to bringing Gypsum Daze to life in the form we’ve come to enjoy today. “We want to make sure we can host a Gypsum Daze we can be proud of to honor her commitment to Gypsum and the event she put so much effort into."

The good news:
Plans for the 2020 production of Gypsum Daze were to include two nights of live music, offering headlining concerts on both Friday and Saturday nights. That plan remains in place for 2021 as all artists slated for the 2020 Gypsum Daze event have agreed to re-book for the 2021 dates. “We had an exciting and fun talent lineup scheduled for this year with Jimmie Allen, Pat Green, and LOCASH, and are thrilled they've committed to next year’s event,” says Briar Schreiber, Town of Gypsum events manager. Next year’s event is scheduled for July 15-17, 2021.

Other Gypsum events have been canceled or postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak and associated Public Health Orders. The Spring Eggstravaganza with the Gypsum Library was canceled and replaced with a “Socially Distanced” Egg Hunt back in April and the Gypsum Community Cleanup has been postponed until August 22, 2020. Be sure to check the town’s COVID-19 page for other Town event and operational updates.

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