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Cottonwood Heights cancels 2020 Butlerville Days

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Attendees ride the carnival rides during Butlerville Days in Cottonwood Heights on Saturday July 27, 2019. Events also included concerts, fireworks and a movie in the park. The annual event, however, has been canceled for 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — The city has canceled the 2020 Butlerville Days due to COVID-19 concerns.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we made this decision,” Cottonwood Heights Mayor Mike Peterson said in a statement. “Butlerville Days celebrates the founders of this part of the Salt Lake Valley and brings out the best in our community.”

“Butlerville Days always draws large crowds and because of that, we recognize that our event would not be able to comply with social distancing guidelines, put forth by the governor and Salt Lake County Health Department to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As always, the health and safety of our residents, volunteers and patrons is our top priority.”

Butlerville Days was scheduled to take place July 17-18. The multiday festival includes a parade, live music, firework shows, booths, games, food vendors, rides and many other events. It has been a mainstay in Cottonwood Heights since the city incorporated in 2005. 

Peterson said city officials and staff held off as long as possible on making a decision on whether or not to cancel the event in hopes that the pandemic progress and public health guidelines would reach a point that allowed for a large-scale public celebration.

“The uncertainty of where the pandemic will be in July and the time it takes to put the event together, we came to this decision with safety on our minds,” he said.