The coronavirus brought an abrupt halt to all large gatherings and events, but now, large, outdoor events are on the horizon in Owensboro.
The city of Owensboro announced on Wednesday that Fourth of July celebrations are back on this summer, along with Friday After Five, a toned down BBQ-Fest, and even a Mocktail/Cocktail Crawl through downtown Owensboro.
"We have created a district Mocktail/Cocktail Crawl, and essesntially, what it is, is several of our bars and restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic, so we wanted to come up with a way to get people in the doors. Drink specials, both mocktails and cocktails, are a great way to do that," said Dave Kirk, destination management director at Visit Owensboro.
And local business owners all across the streets of downtwon Owensboro are thirlled to have events coming back to their city.
"We are so excited," said Oralis Radilla, owner of Don Mario's. "We're loading up on staff, loading up on merchandise. We're trying to make sure everything goes smoothly for when the public comes out and has a great time."
Don Mario's is one of more than eight downtown bars and restaurants that will be participating in the crawl that begins on Friday.
Radilla said the pandemic was tough on her and her business, and it's made her stronger and more thankful to be having so many events coming to her city.
And as Summer approaches, exciting things are set to happen in Owensboro.
Ball tournaments are back in," said Kirk. "We've got sports tournaments every weekend. We've got concerts back. Owensboro is back, and we're ready to welcome you in."