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Dear Listeners...We've Some Bad News About 2021's KLCC Brewfest...

Merritt Thomas

Many of our loyal listeners have asked if we’re holding our annual KLCC Brewfest this year. The short answer is: “No.” 

If you guessed COVID-19 is to blame, you’re right. Given pandemic protocols and the concern for people’s safety and well-being, KLCC has determined that its biggest fundraiser and community get-together…should not happen.

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KLCC staffer Kris Fox (left) and former Brewfest co-coordinator Gayle Chisholm (right) at last year's event.

Kris Fox is KLCC’s membership director and co-coordinator of the Brewfest.  She says this would’ve been the 20th anniversary of the event.

“We wish it were not so," said Fox. "But right now that would be Dr. Fauci’s worst nightmare, to have us all gathering in a place and enjoying ourselves with beer and 7,000 people. 

"We just knew early in October that wasn’t going to be able to happen.”

Fox says there could be some on-air and online acknowledgment on February 12-13, which was when this year’s Brewfest was supposed to happen.

But beer and public radio lovers can plan for February 11-12, 2022, when the next event is planned -- barring any more pandemics.

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Beer mug, curious cat.

Fox suggests that in place of this year’s Brewfest, people support their local bar, tavern, pub, or microbrewery (safely, of course) and raise a glass to next year’s observance. 

Special note: With the cancellation of this year’s event, the annual music sale at the KLCC Brewfest is also canceled.  Please do not drop off LPs, CDs, or any forms of music as our station lacks the storage and we don’t want to hang onto them for 13 months! Thank you.

Copyright 2021, KLCC.

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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