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Summer and Fall Events Canceled at Indiana Dunes National Park

Sharon Jackson
Lakeshore Public Radio

CHESTERTON - The National Park Service made the announcement Monday that it's canceling it's Aviation Day program for 2020.  In addition, it is canceling all its major events through the fall.

Park Ranger and Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe for Indiana Dunes National Park explains.

"Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the national park has canceled all public programs throughout the summer, these are the traditional ranger-led programs, special events like Aviation Day, we've also canceled our major fall festivals, including Apple Festival at Chelberg Farm and the Outdoor Adventure Festival."

The National Park Service says it canceled Aviation Day due to the difficulty in social distancing.  Staff has not made decisions yet about the winter events.

Rowe says park staff are putting together virtual events for the Outdoor Adventure Festival which will allow people to explore the park from the safety of their home.  That will be coming out later in the fall.  


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.