JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. — A late summer/early fall staple, Jeffersontown’s annual Gaslight Festival has been postponed until spring of 2021.
The Chamber Jeffersontown’s board of directors voted to postpone the eight-day event due to the pandemic. However, organizers are still making arrangmenets for Gaslight Festival events that can be done safely during the summer.
“The Festival Committee has been meeting for months and working with local and state officials to find ways to host the weekend festivities in a safe and healthy manner,” said Bill Reynolds, chair of the board of directors for the Chamber Jeffersontown. “Gaslight is not just an event. It’s a tradition in Jtown so we take this decision very seriously. It was a tough call but one we think is important to the safety and well-being of our exhibitors and visitors.”
2020 marks the Gaslight Festival’s 51st year, being one of the oldest and largest festivals in the region with more than 200,000 visitors. Starting out as a weekend celebration of arts, crafts, music and food, the festival has grown into a week-long celebration with numerous events such as a motorcycle ride, business appreciation luncheon and parade. The festival is usually held during the third weekend in September.
The events that will still take place this summer include the Chamber golf scramble Sept. 14 and the Gaslight Festival 5k Run Sept. 15, which will have a virtual option this year. The Festival Committee is also looking to turn the Balloon Glow, scheduled for Sept. 18, into a drive-thru event.
Festival organizers are continuing to discuss other events to determine which annual festivities may be held as scheduled and which may be moved to spring 2021.
“Gaslight Festival is an incredibly important part of Jtown’s heritage and history, and we are committed to keeping it alive,” said Deana Epperly Karem, president and CEO of The Chamber Jeffersontown. “However, the safety of our citizens and guests is the most important factor. Gaslight Festival will look different this year, but it will go on and allow our community to celebrate its unique character. And we look forward to a time when we can physically come back together to celebrate business, community and relationships.”