Newly Renamed New Hope Summer Festival Canceled
In early March, the New Hope Lions prepared for the announcement of their newly revamped summer festival. The organization solicited nearly 60 names from the community and put finishing touches on a new logo.
Then, news of COVID-19 took over headlines and the new name of the festival got lost in the shuffle of cancellations and postponements. Nevertheless, the new festival that will replace of Duk Duk Daze will be called New Hope HeyDay. Organizers say it will be something to get excited about.
“We wanted something positive and the definition of HeyDay is what drew us to that name – the period of one’s greatest popularity, vigor, or prosperity,” said Steve Madson with the New Hope Lions. “The new event will be launched in 2021. It will feature many of the things people liked most about the old event: bingo, children’s games, tournaments and food. We decided to make food trucks a greater focus by adding many more of them.”
Madson says that’s why a food truck was included in the logo.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds of the festival goes back into the New Hope community.
In April, organizers made the decision to cancel the first HeyDay due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. The park and community pool were also supposed to be completed in time for the festival. Organizers planned to hold the festival on Xylon Avenue between the new city hall and Hy-Vee.
As of right now, the popular softball tournament that accompanies the festival has not been canceled or postponed. It’s scheduled for July 17-19.